A recent study, conducted by the team of investigators led by Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre from the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, found that dogs are the potential reservoir for an influenza pandemic in the future. The study was published in the “mBio” journal.

dog and pig sleepingThe lead researcher, Dr. Adolfo, says that till now all the influenza pandemics were associated with pigs to be the “middleman” between the avian carrier and the human final host. In this new study, they have identified strains of the influenza virus that can jump from the pigs right into the dogs and thus get closer to humans.

The main source for the influenza viruses in wild birds (especially migratory birds), poultry and other domestic birds and animals that live in packs such as pigs and horses.

The study revealed new strains of the virus that can be passed from the pigs to dogs.

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