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21 Confirmed Canine Flu Cases in NJ



In August, a Veterinary Advisory had been published concerning outbreaks of a canine flu that causes acute respiratory infection. The newly emerging respiratory distress mimics “kennel cough”. It was first identified in racing greyhounds in Florida and appears to have been the cause of significant respiratory problems throughout the U. S. for the last 5-6 years. It has been clinically diagnosed in 11 states and was also found to be at a boarding kennel in southern New York State, adjacent to New Jersey. According to Dr. Colin Campbell, DVM, MPH of the N. J. Dept. of Health & Senior Services, there are now 21 confirmed cases in N. J. (as of 11/4/05)  Dr. Campbell had suggested that dog owners should keep their pets segregated from strange dogs, i.e., dog parks. There is no vaccine for this virus and dogs can suffer a mild cough to severe pneumonia with a low mortality rate. If you have any concerns, please contact your veterinarian.
11/11/2005

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