Blog | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

QD: News Every Day--New flu variant spreads after contact with pigs


More flu from contact with pigs has been reported as the summer festivals continue in many parts of the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus infected 12 more people after they interacted with pigs in Hawaii, Ohio and Indiana.

The 10 cases in Ohio were associated with attendance at a fair where reportedly ill swine were present. The H3N2v case reported by Indiana also occurred in a person who attended a fair where swine were present. There have been 29 cases of this flu variant reported, 23 occurred after contact with pigs. Mostly, children have been infected, because they have little cross-immunity from other flu types.

CDC continues to recommend hand washing and avoiding contact with animals that appear ill as commonsense measures to take, as much of the contact has occurred at fairs and festivals.