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Friday, May 13, 2005

Deadly Dog Flu May Jump to Humans

A guaranteed hot zone has been set up in Lynn, Massachusetts for both humans and dogs. The Boston Herald is reporting this morning:

The devastating and shadowy malady that is claiming the lives of greyhounds at Revere's Wonderland racetrack may have even deadlier ambitions: lovable Fido and perhaps even his master.

The federal government's top scientists are exploring whether a deadly dog flu that has ripped through greyhound tracks across the country - and is suspected in Massachusetts - could leap to humans. The strain of canine influenza has already popped up in other dogs in animal shelters around the country.

...veterinarians treating sick and dying greyhounds at Wonderland's gated, barracks-like kennel compound yesterday enforced a strict quarantine - one aimed at not only dogs, but humans as well.

Dr. Lisa Zerbel, a veterinarian at North Shore Animal Hospital who is treating Wonderland's 1,200 greyhounds, rejected a request from a Herald reporter to enter the compound, located in an industrial section of Lynn.

Zerbel said even casual human contact with the infected dogs could spread the killer illness beyond the hot zone.

links:
Race flu may kill your pet: CDC probes possible link to humans [Boston Herald, May 13, 2005]
Bird Flu Killing Greyhounds Throughout the United States? [recombinomics.com, May 13, 2005]

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