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University of Rochester working on vaccine for dog flu

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The University of Rochester is working on a vaccine to protect dogs from the flu. 

The newest strain of the virus arrived in the United States in 2015, likely from infected dogs in Korea or China. 

Since dogs in the United States have never been exposed to this type of virus before, it’s spreading quickly. Current vaccines don’t work as effectively as a preventative measure. 

The University of Rochester is researching alternatives. 

“We are developing live vaccines that are made of live viruses,” said Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Associate Professor with the Department of Microbiology at the University of Rochester. “[The vaccines] have been shown to be more efficient in confirmed protection against exposure to natural forms of the virus.”
 
Researchers say just one immunization with this virus could prevent future exposure to canine flu.

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