PRECURSOR TO CANINE FLU
Zoonotic "Dog Show Crud" hit dogs and exhibitors coincidental to Univ. Of Florida development of a canine flu vaccine? Not Likely! The hidden mystery behind “canine flu.”
"Newly Emerging Canine Flu"
When dogs and exhibitors became sick with "the crud" on the January 2005 Florida Circuit, we had no idea that we were probably the inadvertent test subjects for a canine flu vaccine, especially since no one had ever heard of nor experienced flu in a dog...
After the fact, the CDC released this statement which is still on its website: Canine influenza H3N8 virus originated in horses, has spread to dogs, and can now spread between dogs."
But the most puzzling statement by the Center For Disease Control is this quote excerpted from a Sept 2005 press briefing. "So what about the implications for public health? We must keep in mind that this H3N8 equine influenza virus has been in horses for over 40 years. In all these years, we have never been able to document a single case of human infection with this virus."
An outright cover-up or patently ridiculous statement. Many of the dog show exhibitors (otherwise known as humans) sought medical attention for "The Crud" while on the January circuit. It seems improbable that CDC would not have known that.
Here is another press release meant to defuse an explosive situation but which also reads like a time bomb getting ready to blow up.
TALLAHASSEE - Sept. 20, 2005 - Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today alerted the public to an emerging canine respiratory disease that can mimic symptoms of “kennel cough” but is more serious and generally requires the attention of a veterinarian.
Known as “canine influenza” or “canine flu”, the disease is caused by a virus that recently has been identified by the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine researchers and has been responsible for severe respiratory disease outbreaks in the past year among racing greyhounds in Florida and other states.
The highly contagious virus is beginning to show up in dogs in shelters, boarding facilities and clinics in several areas of Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. And with Hurricane Katrina evacuees accompanied by pets temporarily relocating in numerous parts of Florida, Bronson believes that the disease could increase in coming weeks.
“We already have alerted veterinary practitioners throughout the state to be on the lookout for canine flu, and we believe it is prudent at this time to advise the public to be aware of symptoms of this respiratory ailment and to respond appropriately,” Bronson said.
Like “kennel cough”, symptoms of canine flu include a cough and nasal discharge - and sometimes fever and listlessness. The State Veterinarian’s Office, which is a division of Bronson’s department, recommends consulting with a veterinarian if the dog experiences severe symptoms or fails to respond to normal “kennel cough” therapy, which generally involves antibiotics.
Because canine flu is a newly-emerging disease, all dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to infection because they have no naturally-acquired or vaccine-induced immunity. While most dogs that contract the disease experience what is regarded as the milder form of canine flu, some develop a more acute disease with clinical signs of pneumonia. Among the latter group, the mortality rate is between 1 and 5 percent.
Our writers predict this is but the tip of the iceberg of newly emerging diseases in dogs. Canines, purebred and otherwise, will be vulnerable to what appears to be an epidemic new diseases. What is going on?