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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

US : Pennsylvania Reports 2 More Novel Flu Cases

Today's must read from Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary, excerpt (please go to his site for all the links) :

" In a press release this afternoon the Pennsylvania Health Department has announced the detection of two more novel swine flu infections among recent visitors to a county fair held in the southwestern part of the state.

This comes on the heels of the announcement on Friday in the CDC’s MMWR of two novel flu infections from a reassortant swine H3N2 virus that contained a gene segment from the H1N1 swine flu virus.

In that announcement we were told of one case in Pennsylvania and another case in Indiana, both of whom had recovered. All of the cases so far have involved children.

Today’s development will no doubt inspire intense state and federal epidemiological investigations to see if this new strain of flu has acquired the ability to spread efficiently from human to human."

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