Six Pups Dead as Dog Flu Outbreak Rises to 1,100 Cases in Chicago-Area

April 16, 2015 7:10 PM

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At least 1,100 Chicago-area dogs have come down with a highly contagious strain of canine flu — and six have died — in what researchers said is a strain of the virus never seen before in the United States.

The current outbreak, the largest and longest-lasting in the region, is caused by a strain closely related to the Asian strains of the flu virus, laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin said in a statement this week.

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