Saturday, August 29, 2009

H3N8 Dog Flu

There is a new strain of the flu virus that's popping up across the United States. One not contagious to humans, but it could affect our lovable best friends.

It's called the H3N8 dog flu and according to animal health experts, the H3N8 dog flu originated in horses. It was first observed in Greyhounds at several Florida race tracks in January 2004.

Dr. Cynda Crawford, who is one of the discoverers of the virus and a clinical assistant professor in the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, answers readers’ questions about the dog flu and the first vaccine approved for it. 10 Things to Know About the H3N8 Dog Flu

According to New York Times report by Donald G. McNeil Jr, a new flu vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the H3N8 dog flu virus. New Flu Vaccine Approved — for Dogs

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