CDC Reports 11 H3N2v Flu Cases Linked to Ohio Fair

US - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday (28 July) reported 11 variant H3N2 (H3N2v) influenza infections in Ohio residents who were exposed to pigs at a fair the week before they got sick.
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The CDC's confirmation of the cases was noted in its weekly FluView report and appear to be related to a local media report that said the CDC was testing samples from 11 people who contracted H3N2 influenza after exposure to pigs at the Clinton County Fair, which was held 8 July through 15 July in Wilmington, Ohio, located between Columbus and Cincinnati in the southwestern part of the state.

Fair officials had shuttered the swine barn on 13 July after flu was detected in a pig, the Wilmington News Journal reported on 21 July.

Ten cases involve children

According to CIDRAP, the CDC said 10 of the patients are younger than 18 and one is an adult between ages 50 and 64. None were hospitalized, and all have recovered. No human-to-human cases have been detected.

Respiratory samples collected from pigs at the fair yielded swine influenza A H3N2.

Public health officials are tracking the extent of illness in humans and pigs, but so far no increase in flulike illness in the community has been reported.

Read the full article on the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) website here.

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