Since January 2018, three clusters of dogs infected with H3N2 canine influenza virus (CIV) have been identified in Essex County (2) and in the Simcoe-Muskoka area. These are the first known incursions of H3N2 canine influenza in Canada. The virus is widespread in some parts of Asia and is causing outbreaks in the United States, especially in animal shelters. Canine influenza virus is of concern be-cause it is highly transmissible between dogs, particularly in areas, such as Canada, where dogs do not have natural immunity from previous infection and where canine influenza vaccination is rare. Most dogs recover within 2 to 3 weeks with no treatment or with basic supportive care such as anti-inflammatories and cough suppressants. Canine influenza virus is more likely to cause severe disease or death in very young and old dogs, as well as brachycephalic breeds and dogs with underlying respiratory or cardiac disease. The cluster in Simcoe-Muskoka was identified February 27th. The investigation is ongoing. (Source: muskoka411.com)
The OPP are inviting all members of the public, particularly educators and hospitality workers, to at-tend S.T.A.R.T. training. The program, which stands for Stop Trafficking, Advocate and Report To-day has been designed to help members of the public spot the signs of human trafficking. Participants will learn the indicators of human trafficking, how to identify victims, how people are victimized by human trafficking, what to report to the police and how, as well as how to keep themselves safe if they suspect human trafficking. The program will also feature keynote speaker Timea Nagy, a human trafficking survivor, author, speaker and social advocate. A free event location will be Kincar-dine, Thursday, March 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Best Western Plus Governor’s Inn, 791 Durham Street, Kincardine (www.bestwestern.com). The program is free, but registration is required. Contact D/Staff Sgt. Rossewy to register. (Source: muskoka411.com)
In the NHL, Brendan Leipsic scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the Vancouver Canucks beat the New York Islanders 4-3 last night.
Toronto fell 5-3 to Buffalo to stretch their losing streak to four games.
A goal 2:36 into overtime gave Pittsburgh a 4-3 win over Calgary.
Oscar Klefbom’s first goal in 34 games came in overtime as Edmonton earned a 4-3 victory over Arizona.
And Ottawa edged Dallas 3-2 with 2:19 left in overtime.
Tonight, only two Canadian teams in action as Montreal is at New Jersey (7:00 pm), the Rangers host Winnipeg (7:00 pm).