CDC Issue Precautions on Swine Flu at Agricultural Fairs

With the late summer/early fall state and county fair season in full swing, the CDC issues precautions against viral infections around livestock.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are asking people attending agricultural fairs to take precautions when around pigs because of a rise in the number of cases of a new strain of “swine flu” virus in humans. Especially vulnerable groups, such as the sick, the under 5s, pregnant women and seniors should avoid contact with the animals altogether, they urge.

In a report issued on 3 August, the federal agency gave news of 12 new infections in humans with a strain of flu virus that normally circulates in pigs, bringing to 29 the total of lab-confirmed cases of human infection with the new variant of influenza A (H3N2) since July 2011.

10 of the new cases were reported from Ohio, 1 from Indiana, and 1 from Hawaii.

All 12 people had come into direct or indirect contact with swine before they fell ill, and with the exception of the one in Hawaii, the contact took place at agricultural fairs where sick pigs were reported to be present.

Most of the cases have been in children.

The CDC notes that the groups that are the most vulnerableĀ  are “children under 5, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, and people who have asthma, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, and neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions.

The CDC recommends that “these people should consider avoiding exposure to pigs and swine barns this summer, especially if sick pigs have been identified.


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