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While humans deal with H1N1, another flu virus has been spreading in the dog world.

While humans deal with H1N1, another flu virus has been spreading in the dog world.

It is called h-3/n-8 or canine influenza.

It was first discovered 5-years ago and no dog has a natural immunity to this very contagious virus.

In 2004, a mysterious virus raced through greyhounds at Florida racetracks almost - as fast as these sprinters can run. It caused coughing, high fever, runny noses, and in many cases life-threatening pnuemonia.

“It was disturbing because of the fact that so many dogs were sick and some were dying."

Within 6 months this devastating disease had spread to 14 tracks in 6 states. In 2005, a year later, the virus was still spreading but finally got some answers.

Dr. Cynda crawford, veterinarian at university of florida's veterinary school identified the bug.

"It is highly contagious. Virtually all dogs exposed to this virus will become infected."

Today this highly contagious virus has been identified in 30 states, affecting thousands of dogs in shelters, boarding kennels, and doggy daycare facilities

Aabama state veterinarian Dr. Tony Fazier tells news 4, there have been no confirmed cases of Cannine Flu in the Wregrass Area.

The spread of the virus seems to have plateaued in many areas, but there is a hot zone where outbreaks still continue in Forida.


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