Minimizing the risk of human disease and any potential impact on the country’s pork industry from the outbreak of the influenza A H3N2 variant virus can best be accomplished through education about the nature of influenza viruses and how to prevent infection along with stepped-up efforts to keep sick pigs away from agricultural fairs, Ohio State University animal virologists say.
According to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the H3N2v virus – called “variant” because it has some unique genetic changes compared with typical swine H3N2 viruses – has infected 153 people since July. All but two of the cases occurred in Ohio and Indiana. The majority of those who have contracted the virus had direct contact with pigs, mainly at state or county fairs. Most of the cases have been reported in children.
So far, no one has died from the virus. The severity of illnesses associated with it in humans has been similar to the severity of illnesses commonly seen with seasonal flu, the CDC reported.… Continue readingRead More »