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They are saying that 2007 will be the warmest year yet. If so, how will this effect west nile virus ? Those little bugger's will be everywhere.
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  This season, St. Louis County health officials have recorded most flu cases among school-age children, Williams said.
The county has recorded 386 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza this season. Statewide, Missouri has 2,654 cases since the flu season started in October, with 626 reported the last week of the year. Illinois does not track the number of influenza cases but is reporting "localized" levels of flu. Only 46 flu cases have appeared in St. Louis, said city health director, Dr. William Kincaid.
Flu season is on the upswing; RSV is worse
By Tina Hesman Saey
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH01/06/2007

Influenza is rising in the Metro area, right on schedule for a typical flu season.

"Last year was low and late," said Dr. Michael Williams, director of the communicable disease division at the St. Louis County Health Department. "This year looks much more typical.
The number of flu cases began to increase in the middle of last month. The peak is generally in late January or early February.
"We're just now really entering into the heart of influenza season," said Dr. Ericka Hayes, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at St. Louis Children's Hospital. It is most severe for the elderly and very young children. This season, St. Louis County health officials have recorded most flu cases among school-age children, Williams said.

The county has recorded 386 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza this season. Statewide, Missouri has 2,654 cases since the flu season started in October, with 626 reported the last week of the year. Illinois does not track the number of influenza cases but is reporting "localized" levels of flu. Only 46 flu cases have appeared in St. Louis, said city health director, Dr. William Kincaid.
It's too early to say how the flu season will ultimately shape up, but health officials agree that it's not too late to get a flu shot.
Kincaid credits vaccination efforts with keeping the number of flu cases in the city low. Vaccines are available through family doctors, the Visiting Nurse Association and other health care organizations, and at some drugstores.http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/sciencemedicine/story/720DB003D79FCBED8625725B0013E3CB?OpenDocument
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Hi anyone remember the Chris Rea song Texas ???
Posted from TB thread ....
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/16396061.htm
 
Texas  ...... USA      Hi found this today searching for other info , wasn't sure which thread to post on ,forum has a few TB thread's going , scarey in Africa ....... hope its just all a may have been for all these folks . Cheers ....
 
Posted on Sat, Jan. 06, 2007
Health officials: 2,800 may have been exposed to TB
Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas - Concerned that about 2,800 people may have been exposed to tuberculosis at a West Texas hospital, state health officials are mailing warnings encouraging testing for the disease.

The possible exposure at Lubbock's University Medical Center occurred between September and November of last year, but the hospital was not alerted until last month. Privacy laws don't allow the hospital to name who caused the possible exposure to TB.

Hospital employees are tested for TB each year, hospital spokesman Greg Bruce.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said only people who receive the letter should be tested. The agency stressed this was not an outbreak.

"There's no immediate danger," Bruce told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for Thursday editions.

TB is caused by bacteria that can attack the kidney, spine and brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease can be fatal if left untreated.

Letters are standard procedure whenever TB is reported, state health services spokesman Barry Wilson said. He noted that officials were very liberal in compiling the list of people who may have been exposed.

"Unless they've been coughing for three weeks or more, it's not something they should be overly concerned about," Wilson said. "This is really a routine procedure for us."Confused  Thats like a Monty Python movie { only a flesh wound }

Dr. Richard Lampe, the hospital's chairman of infection control, said it was doubtful that anyone exposed at UMC would show symptoms yet.

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    Check genomed.com for the West Nile Virus Horse Studies...
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U.S. National Flu Report

Influenza activity estimates, as reported by state health departments. Weekly reports are published about 10-12 days after the "week ending" date, due to the time required to compile national data.
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No report No activity Sporadic Local Activity Regional Widespread
                        
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Are the people in PENNSYLVANIA and South Carolina too ill to give a report?
 
 
 
And now that the children are all back to school trading germs,
the folks in Massachusetts are all much better...
 
 
 
 

U.S. National Flu Report

Influenza activity estimates, as reported by state health departments. Weekly reports are published about 10-12 days after the "week ending" date, due to the time required to compile national data.
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 It's Back
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Health officials were investigating an outbreak of the Norwalk virus at a Bedford nursing home Monday. Officials said that 36 people, including 10 staff members, were infected by the virus at the Ridgewood Center, the second nursing home to be affected by Norwalk virus recently. The illness can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and officials said it spreads easily. Director of Public Health Mary Ann Cooney said that it's common this time of year because people spend more time inside, and it usually isn't dangerous. Cooney said the best way to prevent the spread of the virus it proper hand-washing.

Epidemic Hazard - North-America Common Alerting Protocol

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GLIDE Number EH-20070109-9245-USA    
Event type Epidemic Hazard Date / time [UTC] 09/01/2007 - 07:01:09 (Military Time, UTC)
Country USA Area -
County / State New Hampshire City Bedford
Cause of event Unknow Log date 09/01/2007 - 07:01:09 (Military Time, UTC)
Damage level Moderate Time left
Latitude: N 42° 56.418 Longitude: W 71° 31.276
Number of deaths: Not or Not data Number of injured persons: Not or Not data
Number of missing persons: Not or Not data Number of infected persons 36
Number of evacuated persons: Not or Not data Summary: 36 persons *
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Originally posted by AnnHarra AnnHarra wrote:

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Are the people in PENNSYLVANIA and South Carolina too ill to give a report


I live in PA and I've heard nothing about the flu - seems it really isn't very active here.    
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THERE ARE 3 CONFIRMED CASES OF SCARLET FEVER IN MOUNT HOLLY,NC.  ALL THREE CHILDREN ARE AGED 18 - 24 MONTHS.  THEY ARE IN MY 20 MONTH OLD SON'S DAYCARE CLASS.  THE DAYCARE STAFF HANDED OUT PAMPHLETS TO ALL THE PARENTS OF THE KIDS IN HIS CLASS ON WHAT SYMPTOMS TO BE WATCHING OUT FOR.  2 OF THE CHILDREN WERE CONFIRMED TO HAVE IT ON THE 10TH OF JANUARY AND THE THIRD JUST WENT OUT YESTERDAY WITH IT.
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Pneumonia, strep  in NYS...
 
 
my dad also had it...and he had the pneumonia shot.
 
never had it in my life.... not sure what I had (in chest) got this...
 
Zithromax.com - The Zithromax Z-PAK (500 mg qd day 1, followed by 250 mg qd for 4 days)
 
is indicated for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)
 
due to Chlamydia pneumoniae,
 
Haemophilus influenzae,
 
Mycoplasma pneumoniae,
 
or Streptococcus pneumoniae, ......................?
 
for patients appropriate for oral therapy.
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    Heard something on the news this a.m. about "norwalk" virus...nasty strain of stomach flu, I guess. I'm trying to find the news link. The reporter mentioned area closings due to this highly contageous outbreak this year. Yuck. JD
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Originally posted by mamasjob mamasjob wrote:

     Heard something on the news this a.m. about "norwalk" virus...nasty strain of stomach flu, I guess. I'm trying to find the news link. The reporter mentioned area closings due to this highly contageous outbreak this year. Yuck. JD


Found it... here it is...
    http://www.wndu.com/news/headlines/5253366.html


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Hi Mammasjob ,this is Boston More than 3700 patients stricken with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have
visited Boston's emergency rooms during the past 6 weeks in a wave of
gastrointestinal illness that has swept cities across North America

Archive Number 20070118.0239
Published Date 18-JAN-2007
Subject PRO/EDR> Norovirus - USA (Boston)

NOROVIRUS - USA (BOSTON)
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Source: The Boston Globe, boston.com, Wed 17 Jan 2007 [edited]
<http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/diseases/articles/2007/01/17/intestinal_germ_leaves_trail_of_misery/>


More than 3700 patients stricken with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have 
visited Boston's emergency rooms during the past 6 weeks in a wave of 
gastrointestinal illness that has swept cities across North America. 
Federal health authorities are so concerned that they will conduct a 
telephone conference call this week with disease trackers from across the 
nation to gauge the impact of an outbreak attributed to norovirus 
infection. [Noroviruses are] intestinal [viruses] that travel easily from 
person to person.

Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson, a norovirus specialist at the US Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention, said the current outbreak of illness 
appears to be the worst since 2002-2003. "But the bottom line is we don't 
really know why," said Widdowson, who speculated that the virus currently 
circulating may be a different strain, one that is more easily transmitted 
or one that spawns more severe symptoms.

For Dr Anita Barry, Boston's director of communicable disease control, any 
lingering doubts about the breadth and severity of the outbreak were erased 
when she saw figures delineating ER visits on Christmas [day] -- a day when 
patients do almost anything to avoid a trip to the hospital. On that day, 
73 patients with gastrointestinal woes turned up in Boston's 10 emergency 
rooms. "If people are coming to the emergency room on Christmas Day," Barry 
said, "that suggests to me this illness is more severe than your routine 
gastrointestinal illness."

Day by day, the Boston Public Health Commission has been tracking the march 
of the intestinal infection, using a surveillance network that monitors 
patients' ailments in emergency rooms. It creates something akin to a daily 
Dow Jones of disease, showing trends in infectious illnesses and other 
medical conditions. The network, activated shortly before the Democratic 
National Convention in 2004, acts as an early-warning system that gives 
health authorities a potentially decisive edge in their battle with 
microscopic foes. The system does not provide an actual diagnosis, but it 
can identify clusters of patients with similar symptoms.

"This gives us a clue earlier on that something may be up," Barry said. By 
the middle of December [2006], Barry knew that the increase in ER patients 
with their hands clutching their stomachs was no fluke. And while the 
volume fluctuated, it was generally increasing. Health Commission 
specialists know more than just how many people are coming to the ER: They 
also know patients' ages and their ZIP codes. While certain neighborhoods 
were hit harder than others -- Roxbury had the highest concentration of 
gastrointestinal illness -- no community escaped the virus.

That was another major clue for disease specialists, and it showed them 
that they needed to direct their efforts to the whole city, not just 
individual communities. City health authorities said they do not know for 
sure why certain neighborhoods generated more ER visits, but speculated it 
could reflect everything from patients lacking primary care physicians to 
some neighborhoods having greater population density, allowing the virus to 
spread more swiftly.

Sophisticated, real-time disease-tracking systems had been in the works for 
years, but the terrorist attacks of 11 Sep 2001, as well as the arrival of 
anthrax-laden letters a month later, caused researchers to expedite 
development of the networks. Initially, the tracking systems, known as 
syndromic surveillance networks, were trumpeted for their potential to 
detect bioterror attacks. But since dozens of public and private health 
agencies activated the networks, specialists have increasingly recognized 
that the first-generation systems now in operation may be better suited for 
identifying large outbreaks of gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses.

"Diseases that tend to have explosive onset with a large number of cases 
early on do show up quite nicely," said Dr James Nordin, a clinical 
investigator at HealthPartners Research Foundation in Minnesota, which runs 
a tracking system in the Twin Cities. Norovirus [infection] is one of those 
diseases. And the consequences are seen in hospitals like Boston Medical 
Center, where ER doctors have treated a steady stream of patients. "We have 
seen a large number of cases of what appears to be a sudden onset and 
intense, short-lived diarrhea, nausea, and some abdominal pain," said Dr 
Jonathan Olshaker , Boston Medical's emergency department chief. "Although 
if you're going through it, it doesn't seem short-lived."

[byline: Stephen Smith]

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[The tracking of the norovirus outbreak in Boston illustrates the potential 
of the syndromic approach to detection and surveillance of certain 
outbreaks of infectious disease. Readers are referred to comments posted 
previously on ProMED-mail (Norovirus - USA (multistate)(02) 20070113.0183) 
by a correspondent indicating that the increased norovirus activity 
observed in several parts of the northern hemisphere may be associated with 
emergence of a new variant of norovirus genotype GGII4 -- the genotype 
responsible for most institutional outbreaks, that is evolving quite 
rapidly. - Mod.CP]

[see also:
Norovirus - USA (multistate)(02) 20070113.0183
Norovirus - USA (multistate) 20070112.0145
2006
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Norovirus outbreak, students - USA (DC) (02) 20061217.3549
Norovirus outbreak, students - USA (DC) 20061217.3544
Norovirus, hospitals - USA (CA) 20061215.3531
Norovirus, oysters - USA (OR) ex Korea 20061213.3503
Norovirus, prison outbreaks: USA (CA) 20060519.1411
Norovirus, retirement center - USA (WA) (02) 20060412.1086
Norovirus, retirement center - USA (WA) 20060410.1073
2005
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Norovirus, post-hurricane - USA 20050911.2693
2003
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Norovirus, foodborne - USA (MI): suspected 20030307.0566
Norovirus activity 2002 - USA 20030123.0206]

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Archive Number 20070121.0290
Published Date 21-JAN-2007
Subject PRO/EDR> Norovirus outbreak, airport hotel - USA (VA)
NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK, AIRPORT HOTEL - USA (VIRGINIA)
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Date: Fri 19 Jan 2007
From: Thomas Roesel <roesel@lycos.com>
Source: Washington Post online [edited]


Norovirus outbreak affects 100 guests
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About 100 guests and employees at a Hilton hotel near Dulles International 
Airport have been sickened by the highly contagious norovirus, forcing the 
hotel to stop taking reservations as it sanitizes the building, authorities 
said last night [18 Jan 2007]. By yesterday, dozens of guests had accepted 
offers to move to hotels in the area, although others remained at the 
Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel. Late last night, the Fairfax County Health 
Department confirmed that the sickness was caused by norovirus infection, 
sometimes called "the cruise ship illness" because of outbreaks in recent 
years. The Herndon area hotel said that on Tuesday [16 Jan 2007] night, 
some guests began complaining of gastrointestinal distress, including 
nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

[byline: Allan Lengel]

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Date: Sat 20 Jan 2007
From: Stephen Guptill <sguptill@usgs.gov>
Source: Washington Post online [edited]
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USA: norovirus cleaning begins at Dulles Hotel
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The Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hotel closed yesterday [19 Jan 2007] 
for the weekend so crews could scrub and sanitize every surface after about 
120 employees and guests were sickened by the highly contagious norovirus, 
which officials say is particularly severe this year [2007]. As the last 
guests filtered out early in the afternoon, workers from a professional 
cleaning company prepared to scrub every nightstand and counter twice with 
a chlorine bleach solution. The crew will also clean carpets and drapes and 
mist each room with a disinfectant. "It's a floor-by-floor, room-by-room, 
surface-by-surface process," said Jim Cree, the hotel's director of sales 
and marketing, who was washing his hands more than hourly yesterday [19 Jan 
2007] to avoid the bug. "This will be the most sanitized building in the 
country."

This season is shaping up to be a particularly severe one for the illness 
sometimes known as "winter vomiting disease," said an expert at the federal 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which helps track some of the 
23 million cases of norovirus infection that occur each year. 1st 
identified in 1972 but only routinely tested for in the past decade, 
norovirus is perfectly suited for causing dramatic outbreaks in crowded 
settings, including cruise ships, hospitals, nursing homes and hotels. Even 
a very small amount of the virus can cause infection. It survives prolonged 
periods on such surfaces as counters and door handles, and it can become 
airborne under some circumstances. Some common disinfectants -- such as 
alcohol-based waterless hand scrubs -- won't kill it.

The chief mystery about the microbe, to both scientists and the public, is 
whether norovirus infections are becoming more common or just better 
publicized. "That is the key question, and I don't think we really have an 
answer to it," said Robert L Atmar, a norovirus researcher at Baylor 
College of Medicine in Houston. "We certainly have better tools to diagnose 
the infection now, and they are being applied more frequently. That said, 
it seems that in the last year, there has been an increase in the number of 
norovirus outbreaks that have been reported," he said.

Marc-Alain Widdowson, a medical epidemiologist at CDC, said that "this 
winter season [2006-2007] seems to be worse than previous winter seasons. 
The last time we had things this bad was 2002-03." The severity of 
outbreaks may vary year to year, as is the case with influenza, even if the 
long-term incidence is not rising, he said. Current estimates are that at 
least half of the more than 75 million annual cases of foodborne illness in 
the United States are caused by norovirus. About 20 per cent of people who 
go to a doctor because of acute diarrhea are infected with it. The virus is 
believed to cause 10 times as many cases of diarrhea-and-vomiting illness 
as the next most commonly implicated microbe.

The Virginia Department of Health has reported 52 norovirus outbreaks -- 
which account for many more individual cases -- this winter [2006-2007], 
according to the most recent data available. Last month [December 2006], 
dozens of Catholic University students fell ill with norovirus. Far from 
Washington, there was an outbreak on the Queen Elizabeth 2 during a voyage 
from England to New York. In Maryland, 34 gastroenteritis outbreaks have 
been reported this year [2007], state health officials said. Ten appear to 
be caused by norovirus, and test results are pending in the other 
instances. A District health spokesman said last month's outbreak at 
Catholic University was the only large norovirus incident reported in 
recent years.

At the Hilton, guests 1st began reporting symptoms Tuesday [16 Jan 2007] 
night, and some suspected food poisoning, Cree said. The hotel contacted 
the Fairfax County Health Department, and scientists examined the 
restaurant and kitchen and collected stool samples from people who were 
ill. Tests on those samples confirmed norovirus as the culprit. Hilton 
officials found reservations at other hotels for guests checking in 
mid-week and through the weekend and moved a gala and other events. 
Employees will return to work Mon 22 Jan 2007, and the hotel is scheduled 
to reopen at noon Tuesday. The Hilton isn't the only area hotel that has 
been forced to close because of the virus. In 2003, dozens of guests and 
visitors at the nearby Hyatt Dulles fell ill. The hotel reopened after 3 
days of top-to-bottom cleaning.

Lucy Caldwell, a Virginia Department of Health spokeswoman, said the best 
way to avoid the misery of norovirus is frequent hand washing. If you do 
become ill, disinfect everything you've touched. "Spend time cleaning the 
toilet, including the handle," Caldwell said. "Clean anything you touch. 
The soap dish, your phone, the remote control." Norovirus is almost always 
passed through vomitus or feces. Perhaps as few as 10 virions -- individual 
virus particles -- are enough to cause infection. The incubation period is 
usually a day or more. Three-quarters of people report vomiting and 
diarrhea, although only 1/3rd have fever, and symptoms usually last about 5 
days. About 20 per cent of whites appear to be genetically resistant to one 
strain of norovirus, called Norwalk virus. Death from the infection is 
uncommon, but it can occur in the debilitated elderly.

Norovirus has been responsible for several large, dramatic outbreaks that 
illustrate its extreme contagiousness and persistence. Early this decade, 
660 patrons of a restaurant in Nagasaki, Japan became infected with 
norovirus. Boiled broccoli that had been handled with bare hands after 
cooking was the most likely source of infection. Contaminated drinking 
water, and even insufficiently chlorinated swimming pools, have caused 
outbreaks of norovirus infection.

[byline: David Brown, Maria Glod and Susan Levine]

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Stephen Guptill, PhD
Research Physical Scientist
US Geological Survey
Reston VA 20192
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Second TB case causes concern      USA..

This week's news that a second East Gadsden High School student had been discovered with tuberculosis was a shock to county residents. But officials say they're taking an aggressive approach to the health problem.

"Testing is ongoing," said Sylvia Byrd, administrator for the Gadsden County Health Department, which is reporting an abundance of phone calls from concerned residents, "and precautions are being taken to ensure transmission remains at a minimum." con.t

 

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Not Human infection , very early for this time of year .
 
Posted on Sat, Jan. 27, 2007
LA County health officials find first two West Nile cases of 2007
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LOS ANGELES - A dead crow and a mosquito pool became the first cases of West Nile virus in Los Angeles County this year, officials said.

Vector control officials announced the positive tests Friday of the crow in Los Angeles and the mosquitoes in Rowland Heights.

West Nile tests don't usually begin until spring, when the virus is likely to spread.

Increased funding this year has meant earlier testing, but without results from previous years the findings are not yet of much use to health officials.

"There isn't much to compare it with to see if it's significant," said county vector control director Robert Saviskas.

Mosquito pools are a unit of measurement for labs that test for West Nile in mosquitoes. A pool consists of one to 99 trapped mosquitoes, which are then squished into a mash and put through a separation process.

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    MY SISTER PUPPY AROUND A YEAR OLD SUDDENLY BECAME DEATHLY SICK TWO DAYS AGO SHE HAD GONE OUT AND WHEN SHE RETURNED HER DOG WAS LAYING ON THE FLOOR AND WOULD NOT MOVE SHE TOOK HIM TO THE VET THE NEXT DAY HE GAVE HER MED FOR HIM AND ASKED IF HE HAD EATTEN A BIRD SHE SAID NO
NEXT DAY DOGS WORST SO SHE RETURNS TO VET TO HAVE DOG SEEN BY VET
PUPPY HAD 104 TEMP NO EATTING VOMIT AND NO BOWEL MOVEMENTS WEAK AND HAD TO BE HAND FEED AND GIVEN WATER BY SYRINGE POOR PUPPY NEAR DEATH SHE HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE GOT NETHER DOES THE VET
PUPPY LOST CONTROL OF HIS BLADDER AND GOES WHERE EVER HE IS LAYING
ONLY THING THAT SAVE HER DOG WAS 24 HOUR CARE SHE GAVE HIM AND HER BRIGHT IDEA OF HOW TO GET HIM HYDRATED FAST AND TO GET TEMP DOWN WAS TO FEED HIM A POPISCLE
TODAY DAY 3 PUPPY IS STILL VERY WEAK BUT SOME IMPROVEMENT IS SEEN
HOPE HE IS OKAY
BUT TO EARLY TO TELL
THIS PUPPY IS WELL CARED FOR INSIDE DOG WHO HARDLY EVER GOES OUTSIDE
THE SUDDEN ONSET IS CONCERNING HOW HE WENT FROM A HEALTHY PUPPY ONE MINUTE TO HIS DEATH BED THE NEXT
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    MASSACHUSETTS HEALTHY PUPPY ONE YEAR OLD FALLS ILL IN ONE DAY TO NEAR DEATH
    BROUGHT TO VET TO RECEIVE INTRAVEOUS FLUIDS AND MEDS SENT HOME
    DAY TWO DOG IS WORST RETURNED TO VET TO RECIEVE MORE FLUIDS HAS 104 TEMP
    PUPPY IS INDOOR DOG WITH LITTLE OUTSIDE ACCESS VET ASKED IF DOG COULD HAVE EATTEN A BIRD WE SAID NO
    PUPPY WAS LAYING THERE LIKE HE WAS DEAD WE FEED HIM BY MOUTH WITH SYRINGE WATER AND SPECIAL FOOD VET GAVE US
    DAY 3 WE FEED PUPPY POPISCLE ANYTHING TO COOL DOWN THE FEVER THAT WAS NOT GOING DOWN DOG WAS GETTING WORST
    DAY 4 PUPPY IS LITTLE IMPROVED AND BEING WATCHED
   THE VET THOUGHT HE MAY HAVE LIME AND TICK DESEASE BUT I DOUBT THIS AS IN NEW ENGLAND ITS REALLY COLD HERE AND DONT THINK THERE ARE ANY TICKS OUTSIDE
   NOT SURE WHAT HIT THIS POOR LITTLE PUPPY BUT IT SURE DID KNOCK HIM DOWN BAD
   WE ARE CURRENTLY TREATING HIM AND WATCHING HIM AROUND THE CLOCK
   THIS IS OUR BELOVED PET AND WE JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE GOT AND NEITHER DOES THE VET
   IF YOU ASK ME IT SOUNDS LIKE FLU
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Birdlady2 hi this news item is from Sept  2005 . It's well entrenced now ..

New Dog Flu Spreads in U.S., But Death Rate Is Low

Maryann Mott
for National Geographic News
September 27, 2005

A new, highly contagious respiratory virus thought to affect only the greyhound racing industry is now being detected in family dogs.

Canine influenza, a sometimes deadly disease, has struck pet dogs in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts, researchers said at a press conference held yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Edward Dubovi at Cornell University's Animal Health Diagnostic Center in Ithaca, New York, said serum samples from a number of suspected outbreak cases are arriving at his laboratory for testing.

He says he should know by the end of this week if the virus has infected more pets in other states.

Jumping Species

Canine flu was first discovered last year after an unusual illness began to appear at greyhound racetracks in Florida.

Cornell virologists, working with researchers at the CDC and the University of Florida, determined the sick greyhounds had a type of influenza ordinarily found only in horses.

This finding is the first scientific report of an equine influenza virus jumping the species barrier, and researchers are unsure how it occurred.

Virtually 100 percent of exposed dogs become infected, the researchers said. The virus is spread from dog to dog via coughing, contaminated objects, and even people.

Nearly 80 percent of dogs exposed to the virus contract only a mild form of the disease, which mimics kennel cough—a type of canine bronchitis that is rarely serious.

Canine influenza symptoms include low-grade fever, cough, and nasal discharge.

Nearly 20 percent of infected animals do not display any clinical signs but can still spread the disease.

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