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Canine Flu Outbreak Quickly Spreads to 46 States

Canine Flu Outbreak Quickly Spreads to 46 States
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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 07:12 AM

A canine flu outbreak has led to veterinarians and pet owners to call for dog vaccinations as the disease has quickly spread to at least 46 states.

Cornell University reported more than 2,000 dogs have tested positive for the canine flu since 2005, according to Fox News, which said canine influenza can spread at any time during the year and passes by direct contact with other dogs, nasal secretions and contaminated items.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, two strains of the highly contagious viral infection have been identified in the United States, H3N8 and H3N2.

Dog show hobbyist Jodie Strait told Fox News that the canine flu left her some of her Calabrone Australian Shepherds seriously ill last year.

"At the time we thought it was a simple case of canine kennel cough, but within a few days all of my dogs were fighting for their lives," Strait said, adding they all showed symptoms of coughing, sneezing, lethargy, decreased appetite and difficulty breathing.

"Sitting alone with a dog gasping for breath in the middle of the night was horrific and something I would not wish on anyone. I told (the dogs) they owe me nothing. Just please, please keep breathing…Just breathe… I was one of the lucky ones – mine survived," she added.

California veterinarians in the San Jose area declared an outbreak of the canine flu after reporting dogs with there with the illness, KRON-TV reported.

Emergency veterinarian Dr. Stephanie LaPlume told the television station that it was the first outbreak of the canine flu she had seen in the South Bay area in her 10 years working there. Vets at United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency have confirmed three, with nearly 50 others suspected of having dog flu in the greater San Jose area, per KRON-TV.

"I am very concerned because now will not be able to get rid of it, will always be here in Bay Area," LaPlume told KRON-TV. "It will die down as more get vaccine but large numbers of cases before that happens."

CBC News reported the first two cases of the canine flu in Canada this week after dogs in Essex County, Ontario, were confirmed to have the H3N2 strain, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. The network added that two others are showing symptoms though the infection has not been confirmed in those canines.

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A canine flu outbreak has led to veterinarians and pet owners to call for dog vaccinations as the disease has quickly spread to at least 46 states.
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