canine influenza numbers may be too low, AVMA says

April 22, 2015

Canine influenza numbers may be too low, AVMA says

The Midwest canine influenza outbreak continues and may be more widespread than figures suggest. Reports of 1,100 infected dogs could be low because not all ill dogs are tested for the virus, said AVMA spokesman Michael San Filippo. The H3N2 strain of canine influenza is new to the U.S. and may also cause illnesses in cats, according to Cornell University, although no feline cases have been reported in the Midwest outbreak. The AVMA estimates the virus has a less than 10% mortality rate. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (4/21)