Knoxville, Tenn., region confirms canine influenza cases

Subtyping will determine if the strain is H3N2, confirmed in the southeast

The Virology Laboratory at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed two cases of type A influenza in dogs in the Knoxville region from samples received June 5. The lab is conducting subtyping to determine if it is H3N2 influenza, a strain confirmed in dogs in the southeast.

“We know it is an influenza from a dog,” said Melissa Kennedy, DVM, Ph.D., director of the virology laboratory at the veterinary college. “The dog was at a boarding facility in the Knoxville region that housed a dog that had been exposed to dogs from a show in Perry, Georgia, where a confirmed outbreak has occurred.”

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