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Doggie flu

KUHF-FM (88.7, Houston), August 14, 2010

In this week’s installment of Medical Discovery News, UTMB’s Norbert Herzog and David Niesel report that dogs can indeed get the flu. The H3N8 equine influenza virus previously infected only horses, until 2004, when cases of an unknown respiratory illness showed up in dogs, initially greyhounds. “Apparently the virus had jumped species to dogs and now is considered a dog-specific lineage of H3N8. So far there’s no evidence this canine influenza has jumped to people, but scientists are being vigilant.” MDN airs locally at 10 a.m. Saturday on KUHF

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