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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

Study: Children, middle-aged most vulnerable to variant H3N2

(CIDRAP News) – A serologic study from Canada suggests that children and middle-aged adults have little or no immunity to the swine-origin variant H3N2 influenza virus (H3N2v), but about half of adolescents and young adults have some degree of immunity as measured by antibody levels.

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.

Aug 09, 2012

Aug 09, 2012

Illinois confirms novel H3N2 case as national total hits 152

(CIDRAP News) – The number of recent human cases of swine-origin variant H3N2 influenza (H3N2v) in recent weeks climbed to 152 today as Illinois reported its first case and Indiana announced more infections.

Aug 08, 2012

Aug 08, 2012

Variant H3N2 cases surge in Indiana, Ohio

(CIDRAP News) – The count of swine-origin variant H3N2 influenza (H3N2v) cases in Indiana soared to 113 today, a jump of about 100, while Ohio reported a total of 30 cases, double the previous number. But the states said they have not found any person-to-person transmission of the virus.

Aug 07, 2012

Aug 07, 2012

H3N2 found in most pigs tested following human cases

(CIDRAP News) – A high proportion of pigs tested for H3N2 influenza in connection with recent human cases of variant H3N2 (H3N2v) in Indiana and Ohio have been found to carry the virus, according to figures from state officials.

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