Tuesday, April 28, 2015

First Case of Dog Flu Reported in Iowa

I learned yesterday about fears that H3N2 (AKA "dog flu") might eventually make its way to Iowa. It had shown up already in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin and it was believed that it was only a matter of time before it showed up here in Iowa.

And now it has.

KGAN reported today that a case of dog flu has been confirmed in Sioux City, IA:
Dr. Kyoung-Jin Yoon with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University says samples from a sick dog treated at the Perry Creek Animal Hospital are believed to be the latest strain of canine flu, H3N2. He says the specific strain hasn't yet been confirmed. 
Iowa's sick dog was first treated on April 20, 2015, at a veterinary clinic in Sioux City. His health is reportedly improving.

KGAN also reported that "about half of animal clinics in the (Sioux City) area have reported dogs with flu-like symptoms, including fever, nasal discharge and a dry cough." According to the news report, more than 1,000 dogs have become ill from this virus between the months of January and March 2015. Only five dogs have died from the disease.

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