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article imageFirst U.S. case of swine flu reported infecting a New York dog

By Michael Krebs     Dec 22, 2009 in Health
A dog in suburban New York that was reported to have been infected with the H1N1 virus appears to be the first swine flu canine infection in the United States.
As the H1N1 swine flu pandemic continues to demonstrate a leveling off among human infections in the American ecology, a report of a swine flu infection in a dog in suburban New York represents the first case of a canine infection in the United States.
According to the CDC, nearly 10,000 Americans have died from exposure to the swine flu virus - and more than 200,000 have been hospitalized.
Throughout the pandemic's march across the world, influenza experts have been concerned about H1N1's ability to easily cross species - infecting pigs, wild and domestic birds, cats, ferrets, humans, and dogs.
The infected dog is a 13-year-old mixed breed male who appears to have been infected by his owner.
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