FYI- Dog flu outbreak in Chicago

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FYI- Dog flu outbreak in Chicago

Postby spinster » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:42 pm

Surge in Canine Flu Cases Demands Extra Precautions by Pet Owners

Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control (CCDARC) is cautioning dog owners that a recent increase in reported cases of canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) could last for several weeks before it subsides.

Dr. Donna Alexander, CCDARC administrator, said voluntary reporting to the Department of disease surveillance conducted by veterinarians has identified more than 1,000 cases of CIRD, or canine flu, unrelated to “kennel cough”, as well as five fatalities. CIRD is distinguished from kennel cough by its severity, possible consequences and diagnostic confirmation.

The age of the animals presenting with CIRD symptoms vary, but more severe forms are being seen in dogs under 1 year of age and greater than 7, she said.

Symptoms include persistent and lingering cough, lethargic behavior, a poor appetite and a fever. If you observe or suspect your dog may be suffering from any or all of these symptoms, the animal should be seen by a veterinarian, Dr. Alexander said.

Additionally, she recommended that until incidents of the disease diminish, dog owners should avoid pet friendly areas such as dog parks, not allow their dogs to play with other dogs, avoid group dog training activities, and, if possible, not board their pets. Dogs can be contagious even if they are not showing any of the CIRD symptoms, Dr. Alexander said.

While CIRD is highly contagious for dogs, it is not contagious for humans or other household pets such as cats. However, the virus that causes CIRD can live on fabrics and hard surfaces and can be transmitted from person to dog if the person has come into contact with a dog carrying the virus. To avoid such transmission, Dr. Alexander recommends thorough hand-washing after touching or petting a dog.

A vaccine that counters CIRD is available and can be administered by a veterinarian. This vaccine is separate from the kennel cough vaccine.

http://www.cookcountyil.gov/animal-rabies-control-home/
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Re: FYI- Dog flu outbreak in Chicago

Postby spinster » Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:14 pm

Midwest Canine Influenza outbreak caused by new strain of virus
April 12, 2015 By Joe Schwartz

ITHACA, N.Y. – The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus than was earlier assumed, according to laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. Researchers at Cornell say results from additional testing indicate that the outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses, currently in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations since being identified in 2006. There is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans.

Read more: http://mediarelations.cornell.edu/2015/ ... -of-virus/
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Re: FYI- Dog flu outbreak in Chicago

Postby spinster » Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:23 am

Interesting blog post regarding the outbreak: http://afludiary.blogspot.ca/2015/04/mi ... k-due.html
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Re: FYI- Dog flu outbreak in Chicago

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:28 am

Crazy stuff. We had a family cancel their reservations at the boarding kennel adjacent to our clinic last week because their dogs had gotten the virus in Chicago. Thank goodness they weren't incubsting when they were dropped off instead. It could easily happen just about anywhere witching a days travel of Chicago.
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Re: FYI- Dog flu outbreak in Chicago

Postby spinster » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:30 pm

The latest from laboratory analysis: http://www.news.wisc.edu/23684
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