A Deadly Virus is on the Prowl Victimizing more than 1,000 Dogs in the Midwest Already

An extremely deadly dog virus has recently been ravaging the Midwest, dropping dogs left and right. However, it’s still unclear if it can be quarantined.

“It’s a hard question to answer but with today’s mobile society and people bringing their pets wherever they go, I’m concerned about that — that it could hit the West or East Coast,” said Dr. John DeVries, assistant director of the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus.

As of this article, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine noted that the virus has victimized over 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Currently, tests being done by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have pinpointed the virus strain as belonging to the H3N2 category. Despite this, according to Clinical assistant professor Keith Poulsen, they have no way of knowing at the moment if the present vaccines available are effective against the virus. The strain is believed to have come from Asia.

He also said that an older strain, such as H3N8, is present in the region as well.

Both types of viruses can bring non-stop coughing, runny nose, and fever in canines. Some of the dogs, a smaller percentage according, will suffer more severe symptoms compared to others.

De Vries said that a similar kind of virus outbreaks also occurred ten years ago but was not as virulent the one happening at present. “The difference with this outbreak is it’s a strain we have never seen here before in the United States. It seems to be more potent.” “It can be transferred from dogs to cats, too,” he said. He explained that people are also susceptible to it.

“We do have a vaccine for canine flu, but that was for the specific strain 10 years ago. We don’t know whether the vaccine will prove effective now. There have been no reported cases in the New York area. It’s my opinion that if cases occur here, I would recommend getting the vaccination, because it will not be harmful, and it may even be protective.”

(For more information please go to: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/pets/vets-pet-owners-eyeing-midwest-dog-flu-outbreak-1.1312001)

 

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