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Novel Swine Flu Virus Now Reported in 5 States, Says CDC
Medscape ^ | December 28, 2011 | Robert Lowes

Posted on 12/29/2011 1:15:14 PM PST by tired&retired

— The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing 5 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children.

The infections in question involve a variant of the A(H3N2) virus that circulates among pigs. It contains a gene from the pandemic 2009 influenza A(H1N1) virus that codes for matrix proteins found in the viral shell.

In 3 of the 5 states where the A(H3N2)v virus has surfaced — Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maine — patients became infected after direct or indirect contact with pigs. In Iowa and West Virginia, the other 2 states, the evidence suggests that the virus spread from human to human on a limited basis.

In 1 case, a girl in Pennsylvania came down with the infection after exposure to pigs at an agricultural fair on August 16.

The first likely instance of limited human-to-human transmission of the A(H3N2)v virus was described in an MMWR report published December 2. The virus was discovered in 3 children in 2 counties. None of them had had any recent exposure to pigs.

On December 23, the CDC published another MMWR report that brought the infection count up to 12 and described the 3 latest cases: another in Indiana and 2 cases in West Virginia. In Indiana, a man who had worked with pigs was hospitalized for 4 days in October. In contrast, 2 children under 5 years of age in West Virginia were infected with the A(H3N2)v virus without having come into contact with pigs or traveling recently. Both attended the same daycare center.

Another novel version of swine influenza is on the CDC's radar. In a recent post on its Web site, the agency reported the discovery of an A(H1N1) virus with genes from avian, swine, and human influenza genes. Like A(H3N2)v, it features the matrix gene from the pandemic 2009 influenza A(H1N1) virus, which probably was transmitted from humans to swine after the outbreak of the 2009-2010 pandemic. The novel virus, called A(H1N1)v, was detected in a Wisconsin man who had worked with pigs before getting sick.

As with A(H3N2)v, the current formulation of seasonal flu vaccine probably will not protect people from A(H1N1)v.

More information on the A(H1N1)v virus is available at the CDC Web site.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: epidemic; flu; fluvirus; pandemic; swine; swineflu; swinefluvirus; vitamind; vitd
Here we go again!
1 posted on 12/29/2011 1:15:30 PM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired
I just picked up a nasty bug a couple of days ago. It was VERY unpleasant. I seem to be finally on the mend and can only hope that if it is the same being discussed above, I have already gotten through it.

I've had worse, but not very often.

2 posted on 12/29/2011 1:21:07 PM PST by DiogenesLamp (Partus sequitur Patrem)
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To: tired&retired

Stop reading and watch Kim Jong Il stills on TV. Even the Harlequin novellas could be dangerous.


3 posted on 12/29/2011 1:26:21 PM PST by golux
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping...


4 posted on 12/29/2011 1:27:09 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

They sure it wasn’t an NT bug?


5 posted on 12/29/2011 1:43:27 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Control the media, you control its citizens.)
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To: Smokin' Joe; neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; ...

Ping

Thanks, Joe.

I saw this thread but it doesn’t look like this flu is spreading much. We’ll see.


6 posted on 12/29/2011 1:49:45 PM PST by decimon
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To: tired&retired

There has been something going around in TX that has caused deaths in recent weeks.


7 posted on 12/29/2011 1:52:52 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: tired&retired
Homeland security will be establishing specially trained viper teams to set up ‘health safety’ traffic check points on all major highways into and out of these states-and anywhere else DHS deems necessary to protect the public.
8 posted on 12/29/2011 1:56:11 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: tired&retired; Kartographer

Alrighty then.

Time for the preppers to take note.

I could go a LONG time without contact with the general public, if necessary.


9 posted on 12/29/2011 3:10:36 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: tired&retired

I think I caught a mild form of this “novel virus”.

Slight temp, runny nose, felt a bit achey.

I think maybe it was an abridged version of the novel virus; just a touch of the “Cliff Notes virus”.

(Oooo, that was terrible! Can we zot him?)


10 posted on 12/29/2011 3:36:52 PM PST by BwanaNdege (“Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: tired&retired

Time to bump up the family’s D3 intake!


11 posted on 12/29/2011 4:18:16 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: bgill

Is it a flu type illness? I was encouraged because I don’t know one person who has had the flu this year.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 4:26:21 PM PST by Ditter
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To: tired&retired

Grandson had intestinal flu over Christmas. 1st grade class has multiple cases of pneumonia. Warm weather a factor??? Location,Cape Cod MA.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 4:39:58 PM PST by codder too
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To: codder too

Shopping malls and meeting Santa may be a factor.


14 posted on 12/29/2011 5:08:28 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: tired&retired

H1N1 nearly killed me 2 years ago. From healthy to pneumonia in 3 days. It was scary.

Since then, I have learned how deficient we are in vitamin D, which is actually a hormone. I’ve discovered through blood testing how much I need to supplement to get my level over 60. And I have not been sick since. Last winter I was exposed to every flu, and was pregnant, and still caught nothing. I’m still scared of flus. But I am making sure my kids get enough D3 to not get sick. It’s amazing. But we often need a much, much higher dose than “recommended.”. Get tested. Stay well.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 6:55:34 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Ditter

My two daughters had the stomach flu (Seattle Area) just before Christmas break - but not too many (or none?) of their classmates did. Hit hard the first 24 hours, rested on the 2nd day and made it 1/2 day of school. But then it hit again but not too strong. Spent the next 3-4 days at home feeling lousy, vomiting rarely, not eating, but not real sick though either.


16 posted on 12/30/2011 12:12:32 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: 21twelve
That stuff is bad but not actually what I call “the flu”. The flu is upper respiratory influenza and can lead to pneumonia sometimes, especially in older folks like me. I haven't heard of anyone having a stomach virus here or “the flu”. A few colds but nothing worse.
17 posted on 12/30/2011 5:15:13 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Yes, it’s a flu of some sort. Two in our neighborhood have come down with it and both turned into pneumonia. One was middle aged and the other older. Two or three in a nearby nursing home had it and two died. A friend’s teen had it right before Christmas and I’ve heard there’s others around with it. I imagine it will spread when everyone gets back from Christmas trips and the kids get back into school.


18 posted on 12/30/2011 9:23:23 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: bgill

Oh dear! I am not happy to hear this. I had a flu shot in Oct. but I am guessing if this is something new and different a flu shot won’t help. Yes you are correct, it always spreads after Christmas.


19 posted on 12/30/2011 10:12:35 AM PST by Ditter
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To: bgill

I forgot to say, you stay well!


20 posted on 12/30/2011 10:14:49 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

You, too. I didn’t get a shot. I need to go to the store today but really don’t want to so am trying to rationalize that there are less germs there today than probably will be in a few days.


21 posted on 12/30/2011 10:30:33 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: bgill
We go to Las Vegas every year the last week in October. If there is ever a place to catch something contagious, that's the place (not to mention the plane ride there and back). So we always get our flu shot the first week in Oct.

We have not had the flu since we started getting flu shots years ago, before that we came down with the nasty stuff every year.

Our grocery stores have started providing disinfectant wipes to clean of the cart handles. That wouldn't help you if someone coughs in your face.

I had bronchial pneumonia a few years ago but no flu.

22 posted on 12/30/2011 11:12:27 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter
Our grocery stores have started providing disinfectant wipes to clean of the cart handles.

HEB used to have them but not since the summer. Just came in from Walmart (packed) and immediately washed my hands before putting things away. Speaking of, food prices have gone up in the last two weeks. Milk came down to just over $3. Several items (50 lb Alpo, mexican tv dinners and egg rolls) aren't carried anymore at Walmart or HEB.

23 posted on 12/30/2011 3:53:41 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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