Chicago Canine Flu Epidemic Has Infected 1,000 Dogs and Killed 5

Chicago health authorities have identified over 1,000 cases of canine flu infection and at least five deaths in what some are calling an epidemic. Anne Cohen, a vet from Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center told ABC News, “We’ve seen a significant increase in respiratory cases over the past month, about 50 to 100 between all of our partner hospitals.”

Signs are being put up in parks around the Chicago area to warn dog owners about the outbreak and that they should avoid bringing their pets into areas where there are a lot of dogs. Several kennels have also shut down temporarily, including three of PetSmart’s PetsHotels facilities.

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