7th Swine Flu Cases Confirmed
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported the seven human infections with variant novel influenza A viruses in the USA in 2022.
On September 16, 2022, the CDC reported two new human infections with a novel influenza A virus during Week #36.
Both patients were infected with influenza A(H1N2) variant (A(H1N2)v) viruses.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported one infection in a minor patient who was not hospitalized and has recovered.
An investigation by local public health officials found that the patient had attended an agricultural fair before their illness onset.
And the Wisconsin Department of Health reported one infection in a patient < 18 years of age. No further details were released as this investigation is ongoing.
In addition to these two cases, three H3N2v (West Virginia) and H1N2v cases in Ohio and Oregon have been reported this year.
The CDC says when an influenza virus that normally circulates in swine (but not people) is detected in a person, it is called a “variant influenza virus.”
Most human infections with variant influenza viruses occur following exposure to swine, but human-to-human transmission can occur.
It is important to note that in most cases, variant influenza viruses have not shown the ability to spread quickly and sustainably from person to person.
Furthermore, swine flu outbreaks are a global concern.
Local media in India reported a minister of health indicated that over 1,000 people were affected by H1N1 influenza this year, and the infection percentage may reach 1.5% during the monsoon season.
The CDC also confirms the annual flu shot does not protect people from swine flu infections.
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