USDA approves first canine influenza virus vaccine

By Leanne Moore, The Examiner

The USDA has approved the first conditional license for the first canine influenza virus vaccine.

Intervet/Schering-Pough Animal Health has developed the vaccine, which was made from a killed version of the virus in hopes of aiding and controlling disease associated with infection with canine influenza type A, subtype H3N8.

Canine influenza was first discovered in 2004 after a respiratory disease outbreak in racing Greyhounds in Florida. Since then it has continued to spread to 30 states and Washington, DC.

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