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Aug 18, 2017

Aug 18, 2017
Pigs at state fair

CDC reports 3 more fair-linked variant flu cases

The CDC announced 3 variant flu cases among fairgoers in North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Jul 28, 2017

Jul 28, 2017
Piglet at fair

CDC reports 11 H3N2v flu cases linked to Ohio fair

The new cases push the number of H3N2v cases for 2017 to 13, the CDC says.

Sep 25, 2013

Sep 25, 2013
Pigs at fair

H3N2v outbreak profile details risks, pig exposures

Young kids and those with underlying conditions were at greatest risk for more severe infections.

Jul 03, 2013

Jul 03, 2013

Indiana reports 8 more H3N2v infections

Officials in Indiana report that 8 people are newly infected with the H3N2v flu virus.

Apr 02, 2013

Apr 02, 2013

H5N1 cases dropped in 2012, but fatality rate rose

(CIDRAP News) – The world registered fewer human infections with H5N1 avian influenza in 2012, but the fatality rate was a little higher than in previous years, the World Health Organization (WHO) noted in a recent review of the year's data.

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.

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