Information Updated 4/14/15:
We wanted to give you an update on the outbreak of CIV in the Chicago area. Please remember, we currently do not have an outbreak in our area. We do have vaccines for the H3N8 strain of CIV. We are vaccinating canines with this vaccine as it is all that is available at this time.
It is important to remember, the CIV vaccine does NOT prevent possible infection, even of the H3N8 strain. Should your pet be exposed to CIV, the vaccine lessens the severity and duration of symptoms. It may reduce viral shedding once infection is present but does not stop it. So your pet may still pass the virus on to other animals should they contract it.
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Everyone has read on the internet and seen on the news information about the recent CIV outbreak in Chicago. From the ISVMA:
Chicago CIV Outbreak-Caution When Traveling with Dogs
Over roughly a two week period, March 16-26, almost 80% of the samples tested for positive 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.
CIV is not a new disease. CIV has been documented in 40 states since reporting began in 2004.
Per Ronald Schultz, PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Pathobiological Sciences, “In general, any dog that is in a closed room with other dogs for at least 6 hours or more can be considered at risk.” The source of the current outbreak has not been revealed but due to the high travel period of this outbreak, it may spread to other vicinities.
Dr. Cynda Crawford, from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, who helped to discover the canine influenza virus 11 years ago said the virus will naturally dissipate from the area in time. However, that natural process isn’t happening overnight because nearly all dogs exposed are being exposed for the first time; there is no built-in immunity to the novel virus. While nearly every exposed dog will get the virus, about 2o to 25 percent don’t actually get sick.
Signs of CIV include (can present like kennel cough but with fever and runny nose):
- A dry hacking cough
- Coughing up a white, foamy phlegm
- Lack of appetite
- Runny nose
- Rapid breathing
If you have traveled to the recent area of outbreak and suspect your pet may have been exposed, the current ISVMA recommendation is for a 3 week home quarantine period.
If any dogs become ill with signs of Canine Influenza AND they have been to an area of outbreak (Chicago), dog owners are strongly encouraged to advise the local veterinarians that their dog may have been exposed to the virus.
If you have any further questions or concerns, we have posted links to RELIABLE websites to get information on the vaccine and disease. You can also contact your pet’s veterinarian for information.