A massive outbreak of a particularly nasty disease in the southern United States has authorities greatly concerned.
A major medical situation in Texas has authorities working hard to get a handle on the situation and put a stop to it. A disease that is being referred to as canine influenza has infected two dogs in the lone star state, based on a report from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
The strain of influenza is known as H3N2, and there had been recent outbreaks of the disease in Florida and Georgia. It’s a highly contagious disease, with virtually all dogs that are exposed to it becoming infected, so authorities must work fast to keep it from spreading.
The disease results in symptoms such as high fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, and nasal discharge in about 80 percent of cases. Two dogs died of the disease in North Carolina, but fortunately the fatality rate is less than 10 percent in canines.