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Canine Influenza Virus Facts
When infectious diseases make the news it is generally followed by uncertainty and questions about how these diseases will affect us and our pets. The recent outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus(CIV) that has occurred in the Chicago area is no exception. The best way to address these concerns is to educate ourselves about the disease so we can make appropriate decisions about risk of exposure and prevention. Below is brief summary regarding what we currently know about this outbreak. If you have additional questions about CIV, then please call our office.
Canine Influenza Primer
1. H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus(CIV)
2. Incubation period: Symptoms generally develop within 2-3 days after exposure
3. Symptoms last 5-7 days
4. Recovered dogs can shed virus for 10 -14 days
6. Exposure Risks:As with other canine respiratory infections, the greatest risk factor for exposure is taking your dog into areas where dogs can comingle.For example, boarding facilities, dog parks, grooming salons, dog shows, dog sporting competitions, etc., especially in areas where the virus is known to be active.
7. Prevention:Good general infection control principles are effective
9. CIV H3N2 is not known to be contagious to humans, horses, or ferrets. CIV H3N2 potentially can infect cats, but there have been no reports that any cats have become infected in the Chicago area.