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Canine Flu Outbreak Sickens Hundreds of Dogs in Midwest

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest.

At least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana have come down with the illness. That's according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine.

The virus has been identified as the strain as H3N2, which is believed to have come from Asia. It's not yet known how effective current vaccines are against this strain. An older strain, H3N8, has also been detected in the region.

Both viruses can cause persistent cough, runny nose and fever in dogs. Experts say a small percentage will develop more severe symptoms. Neither of the canine strains is contagious to humans, but one could sicken cats.

Veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends.
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