First swine flu found in dogs in China
The first cases in the world of H1N1 influenza virus in dogs have been reported in Beijing, according to the China Daily News.
The virus found was a 99-percent match for the flu currently infecting humans, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, which announced the canine infection on Saturday. The infection is believed to have been passed to the dogs by infected people. Health officials in China assure that infected dogs are “no risk to humans”
While dogs are susceptible to their own form of influenza virus, called canine influenza, the cases in China are the first documented ones of the H1N1 virus strain, or swine flu, infecting canines, according to Examiner.com
Canine influenza virus is said not to be transmissible to people, though it is easily passed from dog to dog.
The H1N1 virus has been found in many species, including pigs, ferrets, cats and people.
Officials stated the virus will become a threat to people only if it mutates.