Canine flu gets dose of research funding
GAINESVILLE, FLA. — A two-year study on the prevalence and spread of canine influenza received a $78,000 research grant from the Morris Animal Foundation, American Humane Association and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). University of Florida expert Dr. Cynda Crawford is leading the study.
Researchers hope to find a long-term solution to the disease that is identified in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Current viral hot spots include Cheyenne (Wyo.), Denver, Miami, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
"This study will determine the prevalence of influenza virus infections in shelters and identify the factors associated with its introduction and spread," Crawford says. "We hope to develop effective guidelines for managing respiratory infections."To help practitioners, the University of Florida produced two educational videos — one for DVMs and one for pet owners — about strategies to protect and manage outbreaks of canine influenza virus.
Go to http://www.canineflu.org/ for more information.