The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed 5 Minnesota dogs have been infected with the new strain of canine flu, the state's first cases since the outbreak that sickened about 1,000 dogs in Chicago.
Health officials said the virus, H3N2, most likely came from Lucky Dog Boarding and Training Center in Detroit Lakes. The board said all dogs were most likely exposed to the flu when they visited the facility.
All of the dogs fully recovered and no new cases have been noted at the facility since April 25. University of Minnesota animal health officials stressed there shouldn't be cause for concern among dog owners and fatalities are very low for the strain.
The infected dogs began showing signs of illness on April 7 and developed a cough, some with fevers and cloudy nasal discharge. They received veterinary care depending on the severity of the virus at Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital.
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