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24 Dec 2011 06:35 PM

Twelve Swine Flu Cases Reported In Five States, Says CDC, USA

The CDC informs that it has received twelve reports of humans infected with swine flu - A(H3N2) virus. Reported cases have come in from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, Iowa, and Indiana. Eleven of them were children. Half of all the cases had not been exposed to swine, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) adds. All patients have made a full recovery; three had to be admitted to hospital.

One of the patients, an adult male, had been exposed to swine through his job.


An adult male was reported on October 28th this year by the Indiana Dept of Health as having likely A(H2N2) virus infection. His symptoms included body aches, vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath, cough, and fever - which started appearing on October 20th. He was admitted to hospital and stayed there for four days. He was not treated with flu antiviral drugs and made a full recovery.

A sample of mucus taken from the patient came back positive for influenza, according to a hospital pathologist. The virus was identified by rRT-PCR (real-time, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) as an inconclusive influenza A virus by the Indiana Public Health Laboratory. This is consistent with other A(H3N2)v infection lab results. The genome sequencing was confirmed by the CDC on October 30th as being of an "A(H3N2)v virus with the M gene from the A(H1N1)pdm09 virus" - this is similar to the ones detected in other human infections in the USA in 2011 (August).

The male said he had been in direct contact with pigs during the week before his symptoms appeared. He reported not having worn any PPE (personal protective equipment) because the swine appeared healthy. None of his family members or close friends and working colleagues became infected.

West Virginia

A small child (under 5) developed flu-like symptoms, including an elevated body...
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