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Canine Flu Hits North Texas Area

Texarkana, show cancelled for concerns with new strains of canine flu.
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This is scary stuff. I just vaccinated my big girls with the bivalent yesterday. The baby gets hers next Saturday. They all get a booster in 3 weeks from the first shot. I'm in Arizona where there are no confirmed cases but it is moving west. With the active training and showing schedule I have in a few months, it makes sense to have my dogs as protected as possible.


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I live in Oregon where I don't think we have it (yet) but I'm taking my dog to a show next month and it sounds like it would be a good idea to vaccinate her. Do vets know what to vaccinate for if I just said canine flu or is there something else it is called?

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Ask for Novibac's bivalent flu vaccine. The bivalent covers both currently problematic strains. You'll need a booster too.
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For anyone thinking of vaccinating, do it sooner rather than later. It takes about 4 weeks to be fully effective, because it's a series of 2 shots.



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Strains listed in article that caused concerns

For the sake of caution, officials have decided to cancel the show for this year, due to cases of new strains of canine influenza, specifically “H3N8” and “H3N2” strains. From the CDC Website.

The H3N2 canine influenza virus is an avian flu virus that adapted to infect dogs. This virus is different from human seasonal H3N2 viruses. Canine influenza A H3N2 virus was first detected in dogs in South Korea in 2007. This virus seems to have been an avian influenza virus that adapted to infect dogs and has since been reported in China and Thailand. H3N2 canine influenza has reportedly infected some cats as well as dogs. It was first detected in the United States in April 2015. The canine H3N2 virus is genetically different from human seasonal H3N2 viruses. It is not known how canine H3N2 virus was introduced into the United States.
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Sorry, tried to attach the entire article but this will have to do.

We spoke to Dr, Jim Shively at Stateline Animal Hospital and he told us that he has not seen any cases of the new strains, but that it is spreading like crazy in neighboring states. He told us that he had been in contact with a network of veterinarians that are concerned over the rate that CIV is being spread. He shared an email regarding the subject that he had received on June 1 from the University of Florida, where experts believe this is just the beginning of something that could be very bad and are encouraging vaccinations for all dogs as soon as possible.

“I am sure by now you are aware that there have been curent outbreaks of CIV in Georgia, Florida, and now Monroe, Louisiana. Dr. Brent White has dogs he feels are likely CIV positive and has sent specimens to Cornell for testing.

Dr. Crawford from University of Florida, did a ‘Facebook Live’ session today and below are the summary notes.

Still only communicating “over a dozen confirmed cases in Florida”. there is no central data collection in the state, so she cannot comment on what she has not seen. Feels the UF cases are only the “Tip of the Iceberg”.
Highly recommends vaccinating all dogs. Reduces severity & length of disease/illness, but not guranteed to prevent disease in all dogs. Same as human flu vaccine.
Best chance to prevent is to create “Community Immunity”, and vaccinate at least 70% of the dogs in the community. Would help to protect the exposed unvaccinated dogs.
Expense of vaccine is far less than the cost of a hospitalized sick dog.
Virus will live and spread for 8-24 hours, so hygiene/cleansing is extremely important. Clothing, hand washing, etc…
Most dogs fall into a risk group. Dog show attendees at the highest risk, but high concern also for shelter dogs
Has shown to infect cats
Take home message: Prevention is the key, Vaccination is the best defense!
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It's in my State too, two deaths. One of them in my County.
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Anyone have an updated list of states the flu has hit? I don't think the canine flu has been confirmed anywhere near Delaware but I'd like to keep an eye out for it.
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Anyone have an updated list of states the flu has hit? I don't think the canine flu has been confirmed anywhere near Delaware but I'd like to keep an eye out for it.
Here is the States through May 2017, not finding info for June 2017 yet. They may not be posted until the end of June.

Canine Influenza - Merck Animal Health
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