Dog flu spreads beyond the Midwest: Dog Flu Spreading

Published: May 23, 2015

Dog flu spreads beyond the Midwest: Dog Flu Spreading, The flu that has sickened thousands of dogs in the Midwest — killing at least eight — now has other parts of the country on alert.

According to USA Today, most dog flu cases have been seen in Illinois, where an estimated 1,000 dogs contracted a strain called H3N2.

Dog flu has also been found in Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, the Washington Post reports. Plus, a case was just found in Georgia.

According to the CDC, signs of dog flu infections in dogs include cough, runny nose and fever, but not all dogs will show signs of illness.

Dogs with the flu should stay on a leash and away from other dogs.

The Washington Post writes, “Dogs can be vaccinated, but it may not be necessary if they don’t live in areas where dog flu has appeared. But for dogs in infected regions — articularly those that are boarded, go to doggy day care or see other dogs often — owners might want to consider vaccination, however.”

According to the CDC, people can’t get dog flu.

“To date, there is no evidence of transmission of dog flu viruses from dogs to people, and there have been no reported human infections with the canine influenza viruses. CDC considers the human health risk posed by this dog flu outbreak low at this time,” the CDC writes.

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