Knoxville, Tenn., region confirms canine influenza cases

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

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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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