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Oct 02, 2012

Oct 02, 2012

Study: Most flu infections in fair pigs were unapparent

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who spent the past 3 years testing pigs for influenza A viruses at county fairs in Ohio found that infected animals commonly appear clinically normal, highlighting one of the challenges health officials faced in preventing the spread of variant influenza to humans at fairs this summer.

Sep 07, 2012

Sep 07, 2012

Flu parallels: Swine-origin H1N2 has gene from 2009 H1N1

(CIDRAP News) – The swine-origin H1N2 virus found in three Minnesotans last week carries the matrix gene from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus, marking the first time such a virus has been found in humans, according to state and federal health officials.

Aug 20, 2012

Aug 20, 2012

Minnesota reports first variant H3N2 cases, CDC urges school vigilance

Minnesota health officials today reported the state's first cases of the novel H3N2 flu mainly linked to contact with pigs at agricultural fairs. And with cases of H3N2v climbing across the nation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently urged schools to be on the lookout for infections.

Nov 29, 2011

Nov 29, 2011

New details emerge in novel H3N2 reports

(CIDRAP News) – New details about the three most recent human infections with a novel swine-origin influenza virus have emerged over the past few days, along with a preliminary report of similar viruses in a few pigs.

Jun 08, 2009

Jun 08, 2009

Flu researchers call for enhanced swine surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – Government officials and researchers may have underestimated the potential role of pigs as "mixing vessels" for influenza viruses and the importance of swine surveillance for identifying new pandemic threats, veterinary experts from Mexico asserted recently.

Mar 31, 2009

Mar 31, 2009

H5N1 virus may be adapting to pigs in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists report that H5N1 avian influenza viruses may be adapting to pigs, as evidenced by the finding that H5N1 viruses isolated from pigs in Indonesia were less harmful to mice than were H5N1 viruses from chickens.

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