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Veterinarian: People can't catch canine influenza, but they can spread it

Up to 10% of canine influenza cases may be fatal, says veterinarian Natara Loose of Brooklyn, N.Y., where the virus seems to be spreading. Humans have not been shown to be susceptible to H3N8 or H3N2, the strains that affect dogs, but people can spread the virus with their hands and clothing, and dog walkers should be especially careful to follow strong biosecurity practices, Dr. Loose says.

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