Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Thailand: Dog contracts avian influenza

2 September, 2006

Hospital vet calls on public not to panic or abandon pets after Suphan Buri case.
A dog in Suphan Buri contracted avian influenza after eating infected ducks, new findings show.
Prof Dr Yong Pooworawan, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University´s Faculty of Medicine, released the findings at a seminar at the university yesterday.
According to Yong, a researcher at Kasetsart University´s Kamp-haengsaen campus found that a dog had contracted avian influenza.
The findings will be published in the scientific journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, soon, Yong said. He declined to elaborate on the findings. (See: promed Archive Number 20060331.0970: Carnivores:Carnivores can become infected, after consuming infected poultry that succumbed to the disease. To date no H5N1 clinical cases of dogs have been reported but in an unpublished study carried out in 2005 by the National Institute of Animal Health in Bangkok, researchers tested 629 village dogs and 111 cats in the Suphan Buri district of central Thailand. Out of these, 160 dogs and 8 cats had antibodies to H5N1, indicating that they were infected with the virus or had been infected in the past; Promed: Azerbaijan: Archive Number 20060316.0818)