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"The Next Flu Pandemic Might Come From Dogs" - Brigit Katz

  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • New York, NY
  • (June 08, 2018)

A new study has found that influenza viruses from pigs – which have previously transmitted dangerous strains of the flu to humans – can jump into dogs. What’s more, canine flu viruses are becoming increasingly diverse. “In our study, what we found is another set of viruses that come from swine that are originally avian in origin, and now they are jumping into dogs and have been re-assorted with other viruses in dogs,” said co-author, Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute and professor of microbiology, medicine and infectious diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “They are starting to interact with each other. This is very reminiscent of what happened in swine ten years before the H1N1 pandemic.”

- Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, Director, Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, Professor, Microbiology, Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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