The Kid's Doctor: Dog flu no threat to humans

Seem like a funny time of year for me to be writing about flu? Well, now the problem is dog flu, which has been spreading rapidly across the country. Dog flu is caused by an influenza virus and is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs. Fortunately, however, there have been no reported human infections involving either of the viruses that cause dog flu. These viruses are of the Influenza A variety and cause symptoms in dogs similar to those seen in humans with flu, including cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy and at times, severe respiratory symptoms, including pneumonia. Sadly, some dogs have died due to this infection. Because this is fairly new virus, most dogs have never been...