SOUTH TEXAS (AP) – An outbreak of canine flu has prompted the cancelation of racing for the rest of the week at a Galveston-area greyhound track.

Racing is scheduled to resume Sunday afternoon at the Gulf Greyhound Park in LaMarque, according to its website.

Six greyhounds have died and dozens of others have gotten sick at the track because of the H3N8 strain of influenza A. The virus is highly contagious to dogs but doesn’t affect humans and causes persistent cough, fever, runny nose, listlessness, loss of appetite.

The outbreak has prompted the Houston Humane Society to issue a flu alert to Houston-Galveston-area pet owners. A society statement says a vaccine against the virus is available.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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