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State officials confirm 49 cases of canine influenza, warn people to keep sick dogs at home

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The state is warning people to keep their dogs at home if they're sick.

If your dog is sick, keep it at home. Michigan officials have issued that warning to try to prevent the spread of canine influenza.

The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development said Thursday that 49 cases of dog flu have been confirmed in six counties across the Lower Peninsula in the past few weeks.

That's compared with just nine cases in all of 2017.

Symptoms include fever, lethargy, coughing, and nasal and/or eye discharge.

Most cases of canine influenza are mild and last a few weeks, but some are more severe.

The six counties are Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne.

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.
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