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This will be unpopular. But in the interest of unbiased reporting:

Dogs can be a potential risk for future influenza pandemic.

Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a study published in the journal mBio. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines.

"The majority of pandemics have been associated with pigs as an intermediate host between avian viruses and human hosts. In this study, we identified influenza viruses jumping from pigs into dogs," said study investigator Adolfo García-Sastre, Ph.D., director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute and principal investigator, Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP), Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York City.

medicalxpress.com/news/2018...

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Put up the barricades!

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My unbiased opinion is that we should be eating more pigs. Bacon butties are wonderful. :-)

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Hi

Send all puppies to me for isolation until a suitable antibiotic is found.🐕🐕🐕

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Dog owners now have something in common with bird owners! Now at last, I know why a have a parrot that barks like a puppy dog.

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Everyone have cats instead :) x

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But could they get them to mess in there own gardens instead of mine, would they like it if my dog messed in theirs

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Cats will mess where they like and it is impossible to get them to do otherwise, This is recognised by law. Cats bury their mess which is a good fertilizer unlike dogs.

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I could teach the other parrot to "meow" :)

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You'd be better teaching it to say "Push off Piggy" or something like that.

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I’m with Bev, cat lovers unite. Xxx 😘😀😉

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Bracken the spaniel doesn't think much of that report. He points out that all life is a risk!

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Dora the Spanish water dog and I have declared UDI (remember them?). We will not be communicating with the outside world.

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Are you sure she's not one of these?:

dogbreedinfo.com/rhodesianr...

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OMG!! Seriously 2G? Check here: dogbreedinfo.com/spanishwat... - or here: spanishwaterdogclub.co.uk/w...

Anyway, shouldn't it be a Zimbabwean ridgeback these days?!

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Lol. I was just linking the dog with reference to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence :) Rhodesia just came to mind.

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Of course! Excuse my slowness. I had a cousin who worked there selling tobacco - he still calls the place Rhodesia to this day.

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I wonder how long it will be before dogs are being offered flu vaccination?

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If this research is true, then isn't that a good idea?

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World health Organisation may disagree with that..........

search.who.int/search?q=Dis...

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I looked at your link Bkin and could only see warnings about giving dogs antibiotics - nothing about flu jabs. Am I missing something?

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Yes my error brain fuzz apologies. Seems there are already flu vaccines for dogs, guess best check with your vet.

Some more info: sciencenews.org/article/dog...

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Interesting sciencenews article.

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Tons of dogs around my place. I'm in serious trouble...

:)

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Cats just as bad health24.com/Medical/Diseas...

But think about it, there's likely always been the risk from any animal to humans, but we are all still here :)

I have loads of birds in my garden visiting every day, the only one I saw dead was killed by the neighbours cat and in addition cats that poo on other peoples veg patches are more likely to increase the risk passing on disease to humans, and oh golly gosh the amount of birds droppings in gardens, wow - always wash your veg and fruit even if they are home grown. :D

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Lol....So can pet birds cats and any other mammals. Yes it could happen but cross over species infections are rare.

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Its all down to washing your hands before you ingest food, and washing the food in case the food or your hands have been in contact with anything nasty :)

Surprising how many people still don't wash their hands after going to the loo and before eating but that is another health issue including hands that may have been in contact with other contaminants - but as I said we are all still here, but washing hands and vegetables / fruits is a very good precaution throughout the year :)

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I’ll take my chances! 😁

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Good job this didn't happen during the last war when we British were all Schweinhund (pig-dogs) according to the Nazis. ;-) What you might call a double whammy. :-)

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Some would say it is still happening:

who.int/csr/don/28-may-2018...

who.int/csr/don/05-june-201...

all depending which country you are visiting or if the virus is bought into this country of course, cross species contamination ......

in the interest of unbias reporting of course :D

search.who.int/search?q=Dis...

man's best friend is probably of least concern at present.

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I’m not going to panic just yet. Fortunately we don’t have pigs around where we live. So I’ll continue to love and play with my pups and be grateful for good health and hope for longevity and live life w/out worry. Peace

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