Thursday, December 24, 2009

First case of swine flu in a dog confirmed

First case of swine flu in a dog confirmed
The animal, in White Plains, N.Y., is recovering; its owner also had the H1N1 influenza. A CDC official says there is no reason to be concerned: 'A rare occurrence in other species is not a problem.' By Thomas H. Maugh II
December 23, 2009 Link to full article below

Veterinarians in White Plains, N.Y., have identified the first known case of pandemic H1N1 influenza in a dog -- a 13-year-old mixed-breed male who is now recovering.

The dog was tested because his owner previously had swine flu.

The virus has been found before in other pets, including at least three ferrets, several cats and pigs and a cheetah named Gijima at a wildlife preserve in Santa Rosa, Calif.

A couple of the cats died, but most of the animals recovered.

In each case, the virus is thought to have been transmitted to the animal by its owner or handler.

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