Salem shelter quarantines dogs due to canine flu

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A two-week quarantine has been implemented at the Willamette Humane Society shelter in Salem after veterinarians there found three suspected cases of canine influenza.

The cases appeared in a litter of puppies that arrived at the shelter on February 1, and were later adopted.

In most cases an affected dog will have only a mild form of the disease. A small percentage, however, may develop a severe case of pneumonia.

WHS veterinarian Jacqueline Harter told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/YC0tBr ) that local veterinarians have been notified, and will be on the lookout for more cases.

Canine influenza does not pose a risk to humans or cats.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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