First Cases of H3N2 Swine Flu Confirmed in Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

First Cases of H3N2 Swine Flu Confirmed in Wisconsin

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Wisconsin health officials have confirmed the first two cases of the new swine flu strain H3N2v in the southeastern part of the state.

Officials say the H3N2v infection was detected in an adult who worked at the Wisconsin State Fair and an exhibitor at the Wisconsin State Fair.

The individuals are recovering from their illness and have not been hospitalized.

Since July 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 150 cases of human infections with H3N2v influenza in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Hawaii, and Michigan. These human infections have all occurred in persons exposed to, or in proximity to, pigs.

Health officials say that there is no reason to avoid any state or county fairs this summer, but the CDC does recommend to wash your hands before and after coming into contact with pigs.

Influenza viruses such as H3N2 and its variants are not unusual in swine and can be directly transmitted from swine to people and from people to swine.

When humans are in close proximity to live infected swine, such as in barns and livestock exhibits at fairs, movement of these viruses can occur back and forth between humans and animals.

Influenza has not been shown to be transmitted by eating properly handled and prepared pork or other products derived from pigs.

Although no human-to-human transmission of H3N2v has been documented this year, it is possible that such spread may be shown in the future.

Symptoms of H3N2v are very similar to the seasonal flu. Symptoms may include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing.

Most cases of H3N2v have resolved on their own and have not required treatment. Contact your health care provider if you are experiencing flu symptoms and inform the doctor if you have had contact with swine.

For more information about the H3N2v influenza virus and current investigation, visit CDC's website.

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