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Canine Influenza Virus
Resurgence of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
On June 25th, 2021, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association reported cases of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in North Carolina, as well as an outbreak at a dog rescue facility in Florida. Both strains (H3N8 and H3N2) have been reported. There was a similar occurrence in 2017 when cases of CIV were reported in North Carolina - stemming from pets that had attended dog shows in Georgia and Florida. The outbreak sadly resulted in two deaths in North Carolina, in which the dogs quickly developed pneumonia.
The signs of CIV include a moist cough, runny nose, eye discharge, lethargy, and a reduced appetite. In more severe cases, dogs may develop a high fever and pneumonia (possibly due to a secondary bacterial infection). Infected dogs should be isolated from other dogs for 2 weeks.
With the safety and care of our patients in mind, we will again require the CIV vaccine for all boarding and surgery patients. We are working to contact those with existing boarding and surgery reservations to discuss the status of your pet's CIV vaccine and schedule an appointment if needed.
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