Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pets may get the flu more often than thought

By Rachael Rettner
Published October 08, 2012

Humans aren't the only ones at risk for contracting the flu this season: our furry friends can fall ill from the disease as well. In fact, flu infections in cats and dogs may be much more common than thought, experts say. And pets can catch the flu from their owners, research finds. One study of cat blood samples found about 30 percent of cats in Ohio had been infected with seasonal flu, and 20 percent had been infected with the H1N1 flu strain that caused the 2009 pandemic. Studies also suggest there has been an increase in cat flu infections since 2009.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/10/08/pets-may-get-flu-more-often-than-thought/#ixzz28nrsgPMG

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