A recent study showed that the subtype of influenza virus that affects dogs can be very contagious to humans.
10-year study shows that the potentially dangerous virus for humans, can be transmitted to dogs. This kind of flu (or influenza), the characteristics of which have been analyzed at the University of Korea, according to phys.org.
Until recently, the dogs are not left unattended in the framework of the investigation of influenza. Nevertheless, it became known that at the beginning of this century (when they began to report many cases of flu) viruses were different, who came to the dogs. This is known as «H3N2» bird flu, known production. Nevertheless, At some point, he was able to achieve the body of our domestic animals and mutated canine influenza virus (CIV).
She need not worry. The problem lies in the possibility that, in conjunction with another form of the flu already knew: in the AH1N1. As is well known, "swine flu" caused terror in 2009, becoming a pandemic proportions. Thus, the study found that the dogs can combine these viruses and form a more dangerous: CIVmv.
Indeed, it has been found in the study that some dogs are susceptible to the virus. They eventually feel the typical symptoms of respiratory diseases. Among them are shortness of breath, coughing, watery eyes, sneezing, lethargy and loss of appetite The worst part? This new type can be very contagious to humans.
Infection in humans
tests are usually carried out with ferrets, to determine how the virus can affect people. The reason is that their sialic acid receptors are very similar to ours. This is a new virus on your response is very similar to what people will. Thus, Ferrets with & # 39 are the best candidates to assess how great the risk of creating a new strain of influenza.
Thus, the predictions proved to be successful: ferrets were infected dogs with the virus, Moreover, not only the animals were susceptible, but also cats. Showing the last infected sub & # 39; an object, 100% were infected and 40% of them died.
It bothers a lot, especially when people are in constant contact with dogs and cats. He tried to make a vaccine, but high levels of the virus mutations have made this a difficult task to complete.
At the moment, CIV has been found in South Korea, China, Thailand and the United States. So far, no infections have not been reported in humans, but if so be warned that it can recombine with different varieties of human flu. possible pandemic is not excluded.