H1N1 update
Story Date: 12/22/2009

H1N1 diagnosed in dog in New York state


On December 21, IDEXX Laboratories confirmed 2009 H1N1 influenza virus in a dog in Bedford Hills, New York. A 13-year old dog became ill after its owner was ill with confirmed 2009 H1N1 influenza. The dog was lethargic, coughing, not eating, and had a fever. Radiographs (x-rays) showed evidence of pneumonia. The dog was treated with intravenous fluids, antibiotics, nebulization and other supportive care, and was discharged from the hospital after 48 hours of care. It is currently recovering. Tests submitted to IDEXX Laboratories were negative for canine influenza (H3N8) but positive for 2009 H1N1 influenza. The results were confirmed by the Iowa State Laboratory. 

The AVMA is updating its 2009 H1N1 resources as they receive information. These resources can be accessed at 



Marilyn Haskell, DVM, MPH with the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health also forwarded this information below:


This is a reminder to all veterinarians and shelter workers to use universal infection control precautions when working with any ill animals. The Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel produced by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians is an excellent guidance document that should be reviewed by veterinary staff and shelter workers is available below. Wearing gloves and hand washing after handling animals are minimal recommendations.


*The following links provide information and current H1N1 news releases for various species.






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