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Canine Flu in Missouri

Thursday, February 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Wood
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Canine Flu Alert


There have been many reports of an occurrence of canine flu in Missouri in the last 24 hours.

Many of the news stories are re-reporting what someone else reported. We’ve been attempting to track these reports to a source and, as of now, it is still vague. We do know of a confirmed occurrence in St. Louis last summer, but reports of something “recent” have not yet been substantiated. That said, veterinarians should be prepared because canine flu has shown up in over 40 states.


Regarding vaccinations, the AVMA states:


“The canine influenza vaccine is a "lifestyle" vaccine, and is not recommended for every dog. In general, the vaccine is intended for the protection of dogs at risk for exposure to the canine influenza virus, which include those that either participate in activities with many other dogs or are housed in communal facilities, particularly where the virus is prevalent. Dogs that may benefit from canine influenza vaccination include those that receive the kennel cough (Bordetella/parainfluenza) vaccine, because the risk groups are similar. Dog owners should consult with their veterinarian to determine whether their dog's lifestyle includes risks for exposure to the canine influenza virus, and if vaccination is appropriate for their dog.


For complete information on canine influenza, see AVMA’s comprehensive backgrounder at this URL:


This is a link to Cornell’s testing summary maps of the Canine Influenza Virus Surveillance Network


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