Second case of pig-borne flu reported in Minnesota

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To avoid the flu, wash your hands with soap and water after petting this little dude.
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-- New flu strain acquired through contact with pigs
-- State Fair pigs examined, none sent home due to flu concerns

Minnesota has recorded its second case of the flu that had State Fair workers examining 250 pigs last week as a precaution.

The latest case was reported in a man in his twenties from the Twin Cities metro area, according to a statement by the Minnesota Department of Health. The man had bought a pig at a live-animal market in Dakota County on August 17.

Still, despite the concern and precautions this flu has spawned, MDH officials emphasize that they expect to continue seeing more cases of it, and that the illness has not become more virulent or more easily spread.

"Although people can get the virus from pigs, it isn't easily passed from one person to another, and the illness has not been severe," said Richard Danila, deputy state epidemiologist, in a statement. "This latest flu patient did not require hospitalization."

So far this year, 277 nationwide cases of the flu, called H3N2v influenza, have been reported to the CDC, according to the MDH. Since July, only 13 people have been hospitalized and all have since recovered.

Fairgoers are still urged to avoid eating, drinking and putting anything in their mouths while in areas where animals are exhibited. The MDH also recommends washing hands with soap and water after any exposure to animals.


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15 comments
Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Todd Hurst: If I can fly, maybe Aussie Floyd will hire me to do an album cover.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

They probably want to wash themselves off after us touching them.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

If you're dumb enough to pet a farm animal then put your hands in your mouth, you deserve whatever you get. But if you catch that shit then stay home and keep it to yourself.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

If you're dumb enough to pet a farm animal then put your hands in your mouth, you deserve whatever you get. But if you catch that shit then stay home and keep it to yourself.

Todd Hurst
Todd Hurst

This strain of swine flu is spread in the air, washing hands won't help. If you breathe it in, you turn into a wild boar!!

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

So what? Thanks for the non-story, which promotes all kinds of fear for no reason.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

2nd case???

This is news worthy how?

 

Yep, just another conspiracy to pump pharmaceuticals by our beloved Kathleen Sebelius.

The feared disease that affects, well, no one...

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @TheConservativeJerk You must be busy policing the internets for articles you don't want to read.  Everyone else is using up your bandwidths with stuff you're not interested in, huh?

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