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Florida confirms first cases of H3N2 'dog flu' in state

01 June 2017, 01:15 | Violet Powell

First Cases Of H3N2 Dog Flu Confirmed In Florida

Florida confirms first cases of H3N2 'dog flu' in state

"More severe cases will be referred to the University of Florida for hospitalization and isolation", the clinic wrote.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the animals have H3N2 also known as "dog flu" and were in stable condition at the University of Florida, officials said in a statement.

Seven canines in Florida have been diagnosed with potentially deadly dog flu, a highly contagious virus that popped up in 10 states and infected almost 1,000 dogs in Chicago in 2015.

You may remember dog flu circulating throughout the country back in 2015, but the virus has never made any headway in the Sunshine State - until now.

The department of agriculture noted symptoms include loss of appetite, fever and lethargy.

Dog flu has spread following dog shows in Florida and Georgia.

While the H3N2 virus is similar to the influenza virus that affects humans, there has been no evidence to suggest that dogs pass the illness to humans.

Veterinarians in central and north Florida are treating many dogs that are suspected to have dog flu.

Some of the animals infected with the virus had to be hospitalized, but the state's Chief Vet Dr. Michael Short told the Miami Herald all of the dogs were now in stable condition.

The virus is most commonly transmitted by coughing and sneezing dogs, which can spread their germs up to 20 feet.

The Herald reported that vets recommend infected dogs be quarantined for at least four weeks and that the live virus can live for 24 hours.

Veterinarians can vaccinate dogs against influenza viruses. Taking them straight to the clinic may cause the infection to spread to other dogs. As a result, places such as grooming parlors and kennels should be avoided and proper treatment with antibiotics should be given at home to ensure good health and safety of pets.

Officials didn't immediately say where the confirmed cases were located.

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