Florida confirms first cases of H3N2 'dog flu' in state


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The first cases of "dog flu" have been confirmed in Florida.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Tuesday that seven cases of H3N2 canine influenza have been confirmed in the state.

Six other cases are pending.

This highly contagious flu has been circulating around the country since 2015, but the seven cases are the first confirmed in Florida.

While the virus has a low mortality rate and poses no risk to humans, dog owners are urged to call their veterinarian before going to a clinic so as not to spread the flu.

Dogs infected with H3N2 have a fever, decreased appetite and lethargy. The good news is most dogs recover at home without any further complications.

Veterinarians can vaccinate dogs against influenza viruses.