CDC issues new warning about swine flu (+video)
The Capitol Column | Michael Baruzzini | Sunday, August 05, 2012
This article was updated at 11:28 a.m. EDT with video providing additional information about the swine flu virus strain H3N2v.
The CDC has reported 12 new cases of swine flu virus strain H3N2v in Indiana, Ohio, and Hawaii. These cases come on top of 17 cases of the virus detected since July 2011. The virus contains genes from the H1N1 flu virus, which made headlines as it spread.
Twenty-three of the cases were associated with exposure to swine before the onset of symptoms, and 19 of the cases were associated with exposure to swine while at fairs. All 10 of the cases in Ohio in fact originated at a single fair. The Butler County, Ohio Health Department confirmed that the cases were contracted at the Butler County Fair, and that none of the cases are now hospitalized. The majority of the cases have occurred in children.
Symptoms of H3N2v swine influenza include basic “flu” symptoms, including fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and muscle aches. All cases of the H3N2v virus have recovered, including the three cases that required hospitalization. All of these three hospitalization cases occurred in patients with additional severe conditions.
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