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Canine Influenza Update:
This report is from the State Veterinary Office:
Canine influenza (CI) was first identified in the United States in 2004, as an H3N8 strain. In 2015, a new strain of canine influenza was identified in the United States, as an H3N2 strain. On May 15, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) was notified that three dogs in the Michigan, two dogs from Kent County and one dog from Macomb County, have tested positive for the H3N2 strain of Canine Influenza. These are the first known cases of canine influenza in Michigan that MDARD is aware of. In addition to Michigan, MDARD has received information that animals from the following states have been identified with the new, emerging H3N2 canine influenza strain this year: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Texas, California, and Alabama, and that animal shelters have been particularly hard hit. Signs of canine influenza can include fever, lethargy, coughing, and nasal and/or ocular (eye) discharge. Most animals with canine influenza recover over a period of 2-3 weeks. Testing for canine influenza can be performed through Michigan State University?s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. There is a vaccine available for dogs for the H3N8 canine influenza strain, but it is unclear if the H3N8 strain protects against the H3N2 strain. MDARD is aware that vaccine manufacturers are actively working to develop a vaccine specifically for the H3N2 strain. There have been no reports of humans acquiring canine influenza, but cats are susceptible to the H3N2 canine influenza strain. Situations where dogs are exposed to other dogs may increase the chances that a dog may be exposed to canine influenza so individual?s may wish to avoid these situations, or, at the minimum, practice good infection control practices. Canine influenza is not currently reportable in the state of Michigan. For more information, see http://bit.ly/canineinfluenza.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet, please call our office at 616-863-9390.