Ask the Experts: Animal-Human Flu Transmission?

Q. Can I catch the flu from my dog—or can he catch it from me? In short, no. However, your dog can pass what’s known as canine influenza to other dogs, and possibly to cats. Two strains of canine influenza virus have been identified, one originating in horses (equine influenza) and the other in birds […]

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