Canine distemper virus strains in dogs and wildlife in Ontario

Dr. Claire Jardine is working to protect dogs from canine distemper, one of the most severe infectious diseases affecting dogs worldwide. A common cause of death in racoons and skunks, the virus that causes the disease appears to be changing and expanding its range, affect­ing some species not previously susceptible and posing a new threat to domestic dogs, even those that have been vaccinated. This study will compare strains of distemper virus in dogs and wild animals to identify the most likely source of infection for dogs, and determine whether commonly used vaccines are likely to protect pet dogs in Ontario.

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