MDH Confirms 2 Flu Strains found through Contact with Pigs

By KBJR News 1

MDH Confirms 2 Flu Strains found through Contact with Pigs

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM CDT

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed its first case and second probable case of a new influenza strain that people acquire through contact with pigs.

The two cases were reported in a pre-school age child and an older sibling from a family living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

Officials at the MDH report that both children developed symptoms of the illness two days after the family visited a live animal market in Dakota County.

Neither child required hospitalization.

Both children were tested for the virus that causes the new flu strain, but only the younger child tested positive.

However, the older child is considered a probable case, based on the child’s history of flu-like illness and the family connection to the younger child.

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