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  • A New Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus Is Detected in 7 States

    Those of you with either companion dogs or K9 partners will want to be aware of this new dog flu, especially since it can be mistaken for kennel cough and none of our dogs have had this before, so virtually every dog is susceptable to contracting it.
    According to the article, it is extremely contageous and can be transferred by people coming in contact with a dog who has it and then contacting another dog.
    The better news is that it's thought to "only" be fatal in 1% to 10% of dogs infected (but they don't know) but if your valuable and loved K9 happens to be in that 1-10% it hits you personally.

    A new, highly contagious and sometimes deadly canine flu is spreading in kennels and at dog tracks around the country, veterinarians said yesterday.

    The virus, which scientists say mutated from an influenza strain that affects horses, has killed racing greyhounds in seven states and has been found in shelters and pet shops in many places, including the New York suburbs, though the extent of its spread is unknown.

    Dr. Cynda Crawford, an immunologist at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is studying the virus, said that it spread most easily where dogs were housed together but that it could also be passed on the street, in dog runs or even by a human transferring it from one dog to another. Kennel workers have carried the virus home with them, she said.

    ...added that because dogs had no natural immunity to the virus, virtually every animal exposed would be infected. About 80 percent of dogs that are infected with the virus will develop symptoms, Dr. Crawford said. She added that the symptoms were often mistaken for "kennel cough," a common canine illness that is caused by the bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria.

    Both diseases can cause coughing and gagging for up to three weeks, but dogs with canine flu may spike fevers as high as 106 degrees and have runny noses. A few will develop pneumonia, and some of those cases will be fatal.
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