A massive dog flu epidemic is sweeping Chicago.
Since the infection was first detected in January, five canines have died and more than 1,000 others have received treatment.
To protect their pets, dog owners have been warned to avoid doggy day care centers, parks and group pet training. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Five canines have died and more than 1,000 have been treated for the infection first detected in January.
Dr. Jerry Klein, a vet working to contain the crisis, says that dogs can be infectious even without showing symptoms.
Similarly to the less serious kennel cough, dog flu can be infectious for up to a week after the symptoms subside.
Dr. Klein told WBBM-TV:
I’ve been here for 35 years, it’s probably the worst type of outbreak I’ve ever experienced.
2. Dog flu kills 5 and infects 1,000 in an unprecedented epidemic.
3. Dog owners have been warned to avoid parks and doggy day care centers to protect their animals.
Flu-infected canines develop a cough and breathing problems.
Treatment is provided with oxygen masks and ventilator tanks.
In the worst cases, dogs develop life-threatening pneumonia.
People cannot contract the dog flu from animals.
4. Like kennel cough — a less serious illness — dog flu can be infectious for up to a week after symptoms subside.
5. Outbreak of canine influenza worries dog owners.
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