Further testing of dogs at all Animal Humane Society shelters found that there were no cases of dog flu in any of the facilities. According to AHS, nasal swab tests conducted by the University of Wisconsin found no evidence of H3N2 and also found two dogs diagnosed with pneumonia post-adoption were also clear of the virus.
Dog adoptions are back on at the St. Paul location of the Animal Humane Society after a dog was confirmed to have canine flu. The non-profit reports the threat began when a dog that had just been adopted from its St. Paul facility tested positive for the H3N2 strain.
Adoptions are on hold at the St. Paul Animal Humane Society because of a possible case of dog flu. A family adopted an adult Shar Pei mix on June 14, which later showed flu-like symptoms. A blood test came back positive for H3N2, or canine influenza.
The Midwest has become the epicenter of a canine flu outbreak. While the virus has not appeared in Minnesota, it has been detected in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
State health officials say they can’t remember the last time Minnesota has had such an early widespread flu.
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It may feel too early in the season to be talking about the flu, but health clinics across the metro are already offering vaccinations.
Two more people have become ill with presumptive cases of swine flu linked with the Minnesota State Fair.