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Sep 11, 2012

Sep 11, 2012

Ferret study underlines persistent threat of swine flu viruses

(CIDRAP News) – A Korean-US research team has identified an H1N2 strain of swine influenza capable of killing ferrets and spreading among them by respiratory droplets, underlining the continuing threat of swine flu to humans amid a wave of swine-origin flu cases in Americans exposed to pigs at agricultural fairs.

Aug 21, 2012

Aug 21, 2012

H3N2v infections spark debate about barring pigs from fairs

(CIDRAP News) – The type of flu transmission occurring mainly in young people directly exposed to pigs at fairs this summer is unprecedented, and health officials should consider keeping pigs away from the events, according to one infectious disease expert who has gone on record with his concerns.

Aug 17, 2012

Aug 17, 2012

Variant H3N2 spreads to three more states

(CIDRAP News) – Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have confirmed their first novel H3N2 (H3N2v) cases linked to contact with pigs, especially at fairs, this summer, as the national total has grown to 230 cases across nine states, according to state reports and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 15, 2012

Aug 15, 2012

Study finds flu in healthy-looking pigs at state fairs

(CIDRAP News) – Testing of a sampling of pigs shown at the Minnesota State Fair during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic revealed that 19% of them were infected with flu viruses, even though they looked healthy, according to a new study.

Jan 27, 2012

Jan 27, 2012

Study suggests older adults may have little defense against swine H3N2 viruses

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian researchers have reported a study in which both young children and middle-aged adults had little evidence of immune protection against swine-origin influenza H3N2 viruses like those that have been reported recently in a dozen US children.

Jan 09, 2012

Jan 09, 2012

Recent cases prompt CDC updates on swine-related flu variants

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated some of its background documents on swine-origin flu viruses in humans, based on the latest information it has learned about recently detected novel flu infections.

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