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CANINE INFLUENZA (CI) BREAKOUT
Canine Influenza (CI), or dog flu, is highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., canine influenza has been caused by two influenza strains. The first strain reported in the United States, beginning in 2004, was an H3N8 influenza A virus. This strain is closely related t othe virus that cause equine influenza, and it is thought that the equine influenza virus mutated to produce the canine strain. In 2015, an outbreak started in Chicago was caused by a separate canine influenza virus, H3N2. The strain causing this current breakout was almost genetically identical to an H3N2 strain previously reported only in Asia - specifically, Korea, China and Thailand. In Asia, this H3N2 strain is believed to have resulted from the direct transfer of an avian influenza virus - possibly from viruses circulating in live bid markets - to dogs.
Because this is still an emerging disease and dogs in the U.S. have not been exposed to it before, almost all dogs, regardless of breed or age, lack immunity to it and are susceptible to infection if exposed to the active virus. Virtually all dogs exposed to the virus become infected, and nearly 80% show clinical signs of disease, though most exhibit the mild form described above.
However, the risk of any dog being exposed to the canine influenza virus depends on that dog’s lifestyle. Dogs that are frequently or regularly exposed to other dogs – for example at boarding or day care facilities, dog parks, grooming salons, or social events with other dogs present – are at greater risk of coming into contact with the virus. We highly recommend to keep your dog away from other dogs as much as possible. Also, as with other infectious diseases, extra precautions may be needed with puppies, elderly or pregnant dogs, and dogs that are immunocompromised.
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DuPage Animal Hospital in Villa Park, IL is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime. DuPage Animal Hospital's vision and mission is to focus on our clients, by providing exceptional customer service and providing AAHA quality veterinary care for our patients.
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DuPage Animal Hospital | 630-834-8242
377 East North Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
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