H3N2, also known as the canine flu, is a respiratory virus that made headlines in the recent weeks after it infected over a thousand dogs in the Chicago.
Now it appears that the virus has spread other states with confirmed cases in Alabama, California, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, Iowa and Indiana, reports Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center. There’s also a confirmed case Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since dog flu is a viral disease, there’s really no cure besides supportive care that includes fluids, rest and antibiotics to treat the symptoms. While the virus can lead to death, the recovery rate is pretty high.
The mortality rate is only between 2-3 percent so it’s not very alarming as of now. There’s no evidence that the virus can be transmitted to humans, according to a statement from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms of the virus include ever, cough, nasal discharge, lethargy and decreased appetite. Contact the vet in case you suspect your dog has the flu.
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