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Don't worry, pet owners: Experts say H3N2 dog flu is no cause for panic
Don't worry, pet owners: Experts say H3N2 dog flu is no cause for panic

There's a new strain of canine flu in the U.S., and it has some pet owners worried about their furry family members. More than 1,000 dogs caught the illness during a recent outbreak in Chicago, and infections are reportedly emerging in other states, including California. But the H3N2 canine flu -- not to be confused with the seasonal H3N2 human flu that sickened so many people last winter -- is no cause for panic, experts say. Most dogs won't get seriously ill if they catch dog flu. What's more, a contagious virus in dogs is unlikely to spread rapidly (as flu can in people) because dogs simply aren't as mobile, or as social, as we are. "In humans, this...

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