Florida officials confirm 7 cases of dog flu

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

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

Florida officials are monitoring an outbreak of "dog flu" that has been confirmed or suspected in 13 dogs.

Infected dogs should receive medical attention and stay home for at least four weeks, Crawford said.

The first cases of "dog flu" have been confirmed in Florida.

The first cases of H3N2 dog flu have been confirmed in Florida this week, the Florida Department of Agriculture says in a news release. This case of the dog flu is the first instance in current years in Florida. However, there's always a possibility that the virus could mutate in a way that would allow it to infect humans. Dog owners should still take their dogs to the vet, as secondary infections can develop from the virus, reports said.

Where did dog flu come from? This dog flu is not new but was spreading in the United States since 2015. However, dog flu can be spread to cats. Most cases are not fatal, but, if left untreated, the virus can progress to pneumonia.

The H3N8 virus is thought to have adapted from a type of flu virus that infects horses. "He said it was something to be aware of and to prepare for, it's being more common", said pet owner, Matt Richarde.

Let us know what more symptoms it causes in dogs.

Symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge, frequent coughing, fever and decreased appetite. "The price is far less than hospital care for a dog that gets a serious illness", she said.

Dickey continues by saying that much like the human vaccine, the dog flu vaccine does not guarantee that your dog won't get sick.

Apparently, the virus was spread during dog shows in the areas of north and central Florida.

The H3N2 strain was responsible for a 2015 influenza outbreak in Chicago that infected an estimated 1,000 dogs, officials said.

"They believe that it originated from two possible dog shows: one in Perry, Georgia, and the other in DeLand, Florida", said Jenn Meale with the agriculture department.

What can pet owners do to protect their dogs?

"If they go to a dog park and sneeze and this spreads 10 feet, this thing can spread very quickly". The virus can also be transmitted one-way to cats, though no vaccine for cats against H3N2 is approved for use.