Apr 06 2015

Chicago Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) Outbreak

Notice from the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) about the Canine Influenza Virus outbreak. What precautions to take……………….

Chicago Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak-Caution When Traveling with Dogs

Over roughly a two week period, March 16-26, almost 80% of the samples tested for Canine Influenza in the Chicago and Chicago suburbs area were positive. This resulted in 34 positive cases, according to a recent Merck press release to the veterinary community. This a highly contagious virus, with symptoms which can mimic other, more benign respiratory infections.

With families traveling for the weekend, there is a concern the CIV will spread. Please advise dog owners who are traveling to keep their dogs separated from all dogs. Dog owners visiting Chicago should not take their dogs with them.

Also, please notify dog owners who are traveling from Chicago to keep their dogs separate from all other dogs, including those of other family members. If exposure occurs, the current recommendation is for a 3 week home quarantine period. Dog owners from other regions are encouraged not to bring their dog with them if they are traveling to Chicago. If they must, they should avoid all areas where dogs may gather such as dog parks, dog beaches, groomers, dog daycare and kennels.

If any dogs become ill with signs of Canine Influenza, dog owners are strongly encouraged to advise the local veterinarians that their dog may have been exposed to the virus.

Veterinarians are encouraged to be cautious over the next several weeks when dogs are presenting with “kennel cough” symptoms. They are encouraged to inquire about pet travel as well. A non-core vaccine is also available for this disease.

As a refresher, signs of CIV include:

A dry hacking cough
Coughing up a white, foamy phlegm
Lethargy
Vomiting
Lack of appetite
Runny nose
Rapid breathing
Fever

Veterinary clinics are encouraged to share information with their clients who maybe traveling with their dog on precautions and symptoms of CIV.

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