Swine flu sickens Muskegon County Fair exhibitors

2016's first cases of H3N2v linked to sick pig at fair

An undated magnified image of the swine flu virus. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Health officials have connected Michigan’s first cases of swine flu for 2016 to a sick pig at the Muskegon County Fair.

State and county health officials say the two confirmed cases of influenza A H3N2 involving swine exhibitors at the fair, which took place last week. A sick pig from the fair also tested positive for the strain at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

Muskegon County’s public health department is contacting people who showed swine at the fair to determine if anyone else became sick. They already alerted area health providers to look out for patients with symptoms of swine flu.

People sickened by H3N2v typically suffer the same symptoms as other flu viruses, including fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Swine flu can sometimes lead to more serious health problems, including pneumonia. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with medical issues are at higher risk for complications.

Symptoms of swine flu surface within two to 10 days. There is no vaccine.

Swine flu is spread the same way as seasonal flu. In addition, patients should avoid contact with pigs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swine flu was first identified in U.S. pigs in 2010. Most infections have been linked to prolonged exposure to pigs at fairs.


Online:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Swine Flu

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