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    Default WARNING: canine influenza in Virginia

    This is quite serious -- from this vet website: http://www.burkevet.com/. Anyone in this region might want to follow the advice to be extra cautious.


    On Wednesday May 23, 2007 a dog presented to the Burke Veterinary
    Clinic in Burke, Virginia with symptoms of acute onset of fever, nasal
    discharge, cough, innapetance, and reluctance to move. These symptoms
    are consistent with several diseases, but the history suggested Canine
    Influenza. The dog lived in a restricted environment, but was at the
    Dog Park on Monday May 21. The illness developed that night and
    progressed to a dire medical event by Wednesday.

    Nasal swabs were tested for influenza by the X-PECT FLU A+B test at a
    local human hospital. These tests were positive for influenza.
    Official confirmation will require a sample in 2 weeks to be sent to
    the testing lab at Cornell University.

    The impact of this discovery is serious for the dog owning population
    because Canine Influenza has a 5% fatality rate, and at the present
    time there is no effective vaccine. This dog contracted the virus from one
    of a group of dogs that was playing outdoors at a dog park. The virus
    is spread by aerosol means. Your dog cannot pick it up from the
    environment. It is advisable that dogs be kept away from each other
    until an effective vaccine is available. This means NO DOG PARKS, NO
    INDOOR GROOMING, NO BOARDING KENNELS, NO GROUP DOG TRAINING CLASSES.

    The initial presentation mimics Kennel Cough.
    The distinction is that Influenza usually causes a high fever.
    Influenza also presents in a similar fashion as Canine Distemper Virus,
    but this virus has been all but eliminated by proper vaccinations.

    Further information is available at the Center for Disease Control's
    website
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol11no12/05-0810.htm
    http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/transcripts/t050926.htm
    Karlin
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    HOLY CRAP! This is terrible news. Burke is about 2 hours North from me here in Richmond and I'm going to take this very seriously.
    "My little dog: A heartbeat at my feet."
    ~Edith Wharton

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