Additional Case of Flu Strain Reported in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

Additional Case of Flu Strain Reported in Minnesota

August 29, 2012 Updated Aug 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM CDT

An additional case of a variant flu strain has been reported in the state of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health says that a case of H3N2 (H3N2v) influenza has been confirmed in a Minnesota resident.

The case was reported in a man in his twenties from the Twin Cities area after he purchased a pig at a live animal market in Dakota County on August 17.

MDH officials say that they expect to see more cases develop and that the virus has not become more contagious.

Officials say that they have not seen any change in behavior of the virus and have been actively looking for cases.

Deputy State Epidemiologist Richard Danila says, "Although people can get the virus from pigs, it isn't easily passed from one person to another, and the illness has not been severe."

So far this year, 277 cases of H3N2v hs been reported nationwide. Since July, only 13 people have been hospitalized and have recovered.