November 26, 2011
CDC Confirms New Swine Flu Strain
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed three cases of a new flu virus that originated in pigs.
The CDC said that it has counted a total of 18 cases of this new swine flu strain, which is known as S-OtrH3N2, in the past two years.William Schaffner, a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, told USA Today that this suggests the flu is not spreading quickly or easily.
The Iowa Department of Public Health said that the new virus was detected in three children in Webster and Hamilton countries.
Health officials have increased surveillance for the strain at clinics and emergency rooms.
Symptoms are similar to the regular flu virus and include fever, cough, fatigue and body aches.
State Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said the season flu vaccine that is available could help offer some protection for those worried of contracting the new strain.
All three of those people who recently became ill from the virus have all recovered.
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