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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

US : Michigan Reports First Case Of Human H3N2v Swine Flu, Brings National Total To 17

Via The Global Dispatch :

The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and their local and state health partners have identified a case of an H3N2 variant (H3N2v) in a child who was a swine exhibitor at the recent Berrien County Youth Fair, which took place August 12-17, 2013.

According to MDCH officials, the child, who was not hospitalized, is reported to have contracted H3N2v after exposure to swine at the fair. In addition, a sick pig from the fair tested positive for Influenza A H3N2 at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. MDCH, the MIchigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), and the Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) are working with the Berrien County Youth Fair (BCYF) board to reach out to swine exhibitors who attended the fair to identify additional illnesses.

As a precaution, Michigan public health agencies have conducted an extensive multi-state outreach to meat processing plants that were identified as being in receipt of live swine from the fair. These facilities have been made aware of the potential exposure to their employees, symptoms of illness, and given instruction on seeking care and testing."

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