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H3N2 Flu 2012
From July 12 to August 9, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 153 cases of a new strain of flu virus: H3N2v, which is related to swine exposure in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Hawaii. No Maryland H3N2 human cases have been identified to date. The virus can be found in both humans and pigs.

H3N2v symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu. All cases to date have had exposure to swine, in a predominately agricultural fair setting. SWINE FLU VIRUSES DO NOT SPREAD THROUGH CONTACT WITH PORK OR PORK PRODUCTS; EATING PROPERLY HANDLED AND COOKED PORK IS SAFE.

H3N2v virus cannot be distinguished from seasonal flu (the symptoms are the same); therefore the key to diagnosis is direct contact or indirect exposure to ill pigs. Seasonal flu vaccination does not provide immunity to H3N2v, but does provide protection against seasonal flu.

For questions or concerns, contact Public Health Services Disease Control at: 240.777.1755. Please check URLs for additional updated information.

Find more information from the following link(s):
  • CDC Information
  • Information from CDC on variant viruses

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