A New Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus Is Detected in 7 States

The New York Times
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and
CARIN RUBENSTEIN
September 22, 2005

A new, highly contagious and sometimes deadly canine flu is spreading in kennels and at dog tracks around the country, veterinarians said yesterday . . .

How many dogs die from the virus is unclear, but scientists said the fatality rate is more than 1 percent and could be as high as 10 percent among puppies and older dogs . . .

The virus is an H3N8 flu closely related to an equine flu strain. It is not related to typical human flus or to the H5N1 avian flu that has killed about 100 people in Asia.

Experts said there were no known cases of the canine flu infecting humans. “The risk of that is low, but we are keeping an eye on it,” said Dr. Ruben Donis, chief of molecular genetics for the influenza branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is tracking the illness . . .

nytimes.com/2005/09/22/national/22canine.html

This virus may have jumped from one species(horse) to another(dog).

[quote=David_Paul]The New York Times
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and
CARIN RUBENSTEIN
September 22, 2005

A new, highly contagious and sometimes deadly canine flu is spreading in kennels and at dog tracks around the country, veterinarians said yesterday . . .

How many dogs die from the virus is unclear, but scientists said the fatality rate is more than 1 percent and could be as high as 10 percent among puppies and older dogs . . .

The virus is an H3N8 flu closely related to an equine flu strain. It is not related to typical human flus or to the H5N1 avian flu that has killed about 100 people in Asia.

Experts said there were no known cases of the canine flu infecting humans. “The risk of that is low, but we are keeping an eye on it,” said Dr. Ruben Donis, chief of molecular genetics for the influenza branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is tracking the illness . . .

nytimes.com/2005/09/22/national/22canine.html
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David_Paul:

I hadn’t heard much about the “Dog Flu” Virus, as I’ve been much more concernec with the H5N1 Avian Flu that has jumped species to humans, is deadly to humans and mutates quickly. The only thing the Epidomologists are waiting for is the Avian Flu to become Transmissible Human to Human in the same way it is among birds (water droplets in the air).

Dog Flu Links:

Practice Guideline - New canine flu virus came from horses
By Robert Roos - CIDRAP News Editor

*Sep 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A respiratory illness that recently emerged in racing greyhounds is caused by an influenza virus that jumped from horses to dogs, disease experts reported yesterday.

The illness identified in some dogs in Florida and New York City is caused by an H3N8 strain of influenza A, commonly found in horses, officials said in a news teleconference hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The illness in dogs is usually mild, and the virus poses no known danger to humans, officials said.

Dr. Ruben Donis of the CDC called the illness’s emergence “a very rare event of considerable scientific importance with regard to understanding influenza virus transmission across species barriers.” Science published an online article yesterday about the virus’s emergence.

The illness first surfaced at a greyhound track in Florida in January 2004 and was investigated by Dr. Cynda Crawford of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville and others. After the virus was identified as influenza, the CDC sequenced its genes and determined that it was an H3N8 strain, Donis said.

He added that in laboratory tests the virus is sensitive to antiviral drugs.*

id_center.apic.org/apic/influenza/general/news/sep2705canine.html

Teaching Brief - Mysterious Dog Flu Spreading Across the U.S.
By Katrina Woznicki, MedPage Today Staff Writer
September 23, 2005

medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/PublicHealth/tb/1796

This is paranoid but interesting article here:

**H3N8 Virus Hits US Dogs - Thousands Killed - Feds Impose Censorship Orders Under New Quarantine Provision Laws **
By Sorcha Faal - 6-11-5

rense.com/general66/hits.htm

And this is a board with vets posting

Canine H5N1 in Thailand
discuss.agonist.org/yabbse/index.php?board=6;action=display;threadid=20489

I don’t know, but…

Thank you for the original post. Now might be a good time for some concerted prayer.

In Christ, Michael

[quote=Traditional Ang]David_Paul:

I hadn’t heard much about the “Dog Flu” Virus, as I’ve been much more concernec with the H5N1 Avian Flu that has jumped species to humans, is deadly to humans and mutates quickly. The only thing the Epidomologists are waiting for is the Avian Flu to become Transmissible Human to Human in the same way it is among birds (water droplets in the air).
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Interesting times. H5N1 has jumped species to cats and pigs. Cats are known to transmit it to each other. Some probable human to human cases. Now we have this equine virus infecting dogs. Seems the big story will be if this virus does not mutate further.

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