The number of human influenza cases tied to swine has jumped to…
Updated: Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012, 4:37 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012, 2:51 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The number of human influenza cases tied to swine has jumped to 113 people statewide, State Department of Health officials said Wednesday.
It’s a jump of 99 people from Tuesday, when only 14 cases were reported statewide.
The flu is a new strain that popped up in Indiana in July. It’s called variant influenza A, or H3N2v. Health officials said they are unsure if it’s possible for it to be spread from person to person, but they’re investigating it. Officials said it’s been passed from swine to human, and from human to swine.
Most symptoms are what health officials are calling mild, mimicking what is normally seen in seasonal flu. Cases have been found in the following 18 Indiana counties: Bartholomew, Greene, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Porter, Scott, Tipton, Washington, and White.
Indiana State Fair officials forced roughly 2,000 pigs out of the barn at the fair earlier this week after six pigs developed fevers higher than 105 degrees. However, no cases of H3N2v have been reported in Marion County.
The department of health suggests the following practices to stop the spread of the illness:
Eating pork products doesn't put anyone at risks of getting the virus, health officials said.
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