State of Florida Confirms First Cases of H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus, ‘Dog Flu’
By Space Coast Daily // May 30, 2017
Seven Confirmed Cases In Florida
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in coordination with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, announced today that the University of Florida has confirmed seven cases of H3N2 canine influenza virus, a.k.a. “dog flu.”
Six additional results for the virus are pending, however all dogs being treated are in stable condition.
Officials say there is no evidence that H3N2 canine influenza virus infects people.
While H3N2 has been circulating throughout the country since 2015, this is the first time it has been confirmed in Florida.
KEY TAKEAWAYS ON DOG FLU
• ‘Dog Flu’ is a highly contagious virus, but the mortality rate is low, say experts.
• Dog owners can have their veterinarians vaccinate their dogs against canine influenza viruses.
• Many dogs have a fever, decreased appetite and lethargy during the first few days of illness.
• Most dogs recover at home without any complications, but some require hospitalization.
If dog owners suspect a case of dog flu, they should call their veterinarian prior to going to the clinic in order to decrease the chances of spreading the virus to other animals at the clinic.
For more information on canine influenza, visit http://hospitals.vetmed.ufl.edu/canine-influenza/