Nov 23, 2017 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Dog Flu Discovered In Florida For First Time After Two Years

Jun 03, 2017 08:46 AM EDT

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Veterinarians have revealed several instances of dog flu in Florida two years after the possibly deadly disease cleared through around 10 states. The confirmed cases of dogs having the H3N2 canine influenza has been reported at the University of Florida.

According to USA Today, a total of 7 dogs were found having the dog flu virus detected in them. Apart from these 7 dogs, 6 others pending cases of the disease are left in the University of Florida. However, after keeping under observation with certain medications, the dogs are said to have a stable condition right now.

The dog flu virus, the H3N2 infected around 1,000 dogs in Chicago in the year 2015. After two years, it has been now reported in Florida with the cases of confirmation, that too is the first time. In  2015, apart from Chicago, there were other states as well with positive diagnoses occurring.

News-Press. reported that till now no evidence has been discovered which shows that the dog flu virus or H3N2 influenza can infect humans as well. The reports from the scientists examining the virus suggest that this virus can, however, infect the cats also. The disease-causing from this dog flu virus can cause the even death of the animal.

The dog flu virus exists in the animal's respiratory tract, which causes a cough, wheezing, fever and life-threatening pneumonia. Most dogs are dealt with at home, despite the fact that the disease sometimes may need hospitalization. 

The dog flu virus can be spread by direct or indirect contact with animals or place, which has been contaminated by the disease virus. A vaccination exists for the dog flu disease because most dogs are not immune to the virus causing the disease. However, most cases are not fatal, but some dogs suffer from pneumonia. 

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