Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Get a flu shot, Bucky
On the bright side, who would have guessed that badgers would be susceptible to influenza A? The list of species that either carry influenza A strains or are susceptible to them keeps growing. It's like each time a paper comes out saying "Influenza in giant anteater" or "Influenza in Canadian skunks" another set of researchers looks around for some other mammal with a cough and says, We can top that. Let's check that beast out. And, lo and behold, influenza A in dogs, cats, ferrets (both domestic and black-footed), bearcats, badgers, and more.
And, just in case you're wondering how someone got close enough to a skunk to hear it coughing, the fine furry friends were being raised on a "mink" ranch.