Digital Desk, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging dog owners to report cases of canine influenza and leptospirosis, which have been on the rise since August. Karen Ehnert, director of veterinary public health for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, was quoted by the local KTLA 5 news channel as saying that the recent increase of such cases is not normal.
He said that I have been with the county for 21 years. This is the first time we are seeing such a big outbreak. More than 200 cases of canine flu and 119 cases of leptospirosis have been reported this month, Xinhua news agency reports. Outbreaks, the largest outbreaks of canine influenza and CIV H3N2, were reported in America’s most populous county. It started in mid-July. It was spread in the county by dogs, which came from other places, the authority said.
Canine influenza is like the flu to dogs and is only contagious between dogs, whereas leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is transmitted through urine and can infect humans. Both diseases can cause mild to severe illness in dogs and can even lead to death.
In a statement issued by the authority, officials advised dog owners to be cautious before bringing dogs without vaccinations to dog parks or groomers and to keep them at home if they are showing symptoms such as vomiting or low energy.