Health dept. confirms H3N2v influenza case in Logan County
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[August 18, 2012]
The Logan County
Department of Public Health has received notice of a positive case
of variant influenza A H3N2 virus, or H3N2v, in a Logan County
The child developed influenza-like symptoms on
Aug.13 after having direct contact with swine at the Logan County
Fair and the Illinois State Fair. The child was not hospitalized and
is improving at home.
The Logan County Department of Public is
working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine
how the child contracted the infection. Additional testing is being
conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since August of 2011, a number of H3N2v human infections have
occurred in the United States. Most of the infections have occurred
in humans after direct contact with swine.
H3N2v is thought to be transmitted from infected swine to humans
in the same way that seasonal influenza is spread. Coughing,
sneezing and breathing in infected droplets or touching something
that has the virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth may
transmit the infection. According to the Illinois Department of
Public Health, person-to-person transmission is thought to be rare.
Tips to avoid influenza:
Wash your hands
frequently with soap and water before and after exposure to
Do not eat, drink
or put anything in your mouth while visiting animal areas.
Do not take food
or drinks into animal areas.
contact with animals that look or act ill.
If you have an underlying health
condition, use caution when deciding to visit an animal area.
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Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy
nose, body aches, headache, and fatigue. Illness can last a week or
two. As with seasonal influenza, certain people have a higher risk
of serious infection from influenza, including the very young,
elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems and
other chronic health conditions. People who have had contact with
swine and are experiencing flu symptoms are encouraged to consult
with their health care provider.
For more information on H3N2v influenza, see the CDC website at
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department of Public