Canine influenza virus (CIV) is a newly emerging pathogen which is highly contagious, reaching infection rates of over 90% following exposure. CIV is associated with low mortality rates; however hundreds of dogs have already died as a direct result of depopulation of animal shelters to control outbreaks. It has also led to financial losses of over $5 million for the racing industry, boarding kennels, veterinary practices, and animal shelters since 2004.
The AVMA believes that the issue of Canine Influenza and the lack of a vaccine is so important the organization brought it to the attention of the USDA, encouraging approval of a safe and effective vaccine.
Full AVMA Letter:
AVMA sent a letter on November 21, 2006 and March 28, 2008.