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Highly Contagious H3N2 Canine Influenza Multi-state Outbreak

A multi-state outbreak of the highly contagious H3N2 canine influenza virus has now been confirmed in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, and Illinois. From the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine: H3N2 CIV causes a respiratory infection in dogs that looks like “kennel cough”. Common symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge, and frequent coughing that can last for 2 weeks or more. Many dogs have a fever, decreased appetite, and lethargy during the first few days of illness. Some dogs develop more serious disease and pneumonia that requires hospital care. H3N2 CIV can cause respiratory infections in cats too. The cats have typical respiratory symptoms of sneezing and nasal discharge but usually do not cough. One unusual symptom noted in infected shelter cats has been lip-smaking and drooling. For more information: copy and paste the following link from the American Veterinary Medical Association in your browser: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx

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