Flu Bites Illinois Dogs

Decatur – Just as the flu season ends for humans an outbreak of dog flu is sweeping through northern Illinois.  There have been more than 1,000 cases of dog flu reported in the state so far.  Five dogs have died.

“They will be sick for usually two to three weeks,” said Dr. Susan Nelson of Kansas State University.  “We get about ten percent of these dogs who can get pneumonia from this and it can be fatal and they can die from it.”

So far there have been no reported cases in the Decatur area.  Almost all of the current dog flu cases have been in Chicago.

“It is very contagious,” Dr. William Van Alstine of the Brush College Animal Hospital told WAND's Doug Wolfe.  “Primarily respiratory through the air.  So when you get into boarding situations, or dogs together, that's how they can pass it back and forth.”

Symptoms of dog flu include high fever, loss of appetite and a bad cough.

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