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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 31, 2012

Aug 31, 2012

CDC reports first H3N2v death as cases rise to 290

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today reported the first death from the summer outbreak of a new H3N2 flu virus, in an older adult from Ohio who had multiple underlying conditions and had direct exposure to pigs at a fair.

Aug 24, 2012

Aug 24, 2012

CDC reports limited person-to-person spread, more H3N2v cases

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported 52 more variant H3N2 (H3N2v) flu infections and said it has learned of three instances of likely human-to-human spread of the novel virus, though most cases have been linked to pig exposure, especially at 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 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.

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 16, 2012

Aug 16, 2012

Three states report new cases of variant H3N2

(CIDRAP News) – Two more states—Michigan and West Virginia—reported their first cases this summer of variant swine-origin H3N2 influenza (H3N2v) that has been linked to exposure to pigs at fairs.

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.

Aug 10, 2012

Aug 10, 2012

CDC updates novel H3N2 info for clinicians

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported that it has received 153 reports of novel H3N2 infections (H3N2v) since illnesses started surfacing in the middle of July, nearly all of them in people who had contact with pigs or were around pigs at fairs.

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