Influenza and animals – and how to avoid it


How influenza viruses affect companion animals, wildlife and livestock is the topic of the latest episode of the Morris Animal Foundation’s Fresh Scoop podcast.

Influenza viruses cause disease in millions of people and animals each year. In the podcast, infectious disease expert Dr Gabriele Landolt of Colorado State University talks with the Foundation’s Dr Kelly Diehl about how influenza viruses affect animals.

The pair discuss how influenza viruses perpetuate in the environment and how some, but not all, animals are affected by influenza. Landolt discusses how to keep companion animals such as dogs and horses safe when influenza strikes. The pair also touch on how these viruses can mutate to infect new species, including people.

Fresh Scoop is Morris Animal Foundation’s monthly veterinary science podcast designed to appeal to practicing veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students, as well as animal-loving science geeks. Episodes are available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Stitcher, as well as the Foundation’s podcast page.

Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, the Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. It has invested more than $149 million to date in nearly 3000 studies to advance the health and well-being of animals around the world.

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