UC Davis Developing Test for Canine Influenza

Two researchers want to develop a diagnostic test for canine influenza.

October 26, 2005
Two researchers at the University of California, Davis, want to develop a diagnostic test for canine influenza, a newly emerging canine disease that mimics kennel cough, reported the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee.

Currently, the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center and the University of Florida are the only facilities testing for the virus.

I’m hearing that diagnostics are taking quite awhile, because they’re backed up, Laurel Gershwin, an immunologist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, told the paper. We decided, you know what, we just need to try to get our own.

The virus, which causes symptoms including a runny nose, cough and low fever, was first identified in racing Greyhounds in January 2004.

It was first identified in the pet population in April 2005. So far, the disease has been confirmed in pets in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, California and Connecticut.

The mortality rate for the disease is low between 5 percent and 8 percent and most dogs fully recover within about two weeks.

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