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Case of dog flu confirmed in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS (AP) — A case of dog flu has been confirmed in Grants Pass.

The Daily Courier reports it is Oregon's first confirmed case this winter. Dr. Randy Webster, a Grants Pass veterinarian, says it's highly contagious, and can run through a kennel like the human flu runs through a kindergarten class.

Symptoms include lethargy, nasal discharge, fever and coughing. The worst cases can lead to pneumonia and death.

The flu likely arrived from California, which recently went from having a two confirmed cases of canine influenza to 300.

Dr. Margaret Forsberg, a veterinarian at Valley Animal Hospital, recommends that owners get their dogs vaccinated soon, because it takes a few weeks for the vaccine to take effect.