New Cases of Swine Flu Variant Emerging
After some recent cases of swine flu emerging in people in the US, there are a lot of eyebrows that have been raised, indicating that it could be another comeback of the deadly virus. Health officials have reported that that a new human infection has surfaced along with the swine-origin H3N2 virus which is officially known as H3N2v virus.
Recently, there has been a case of a little girl in Utah which became the 13th person to have been affected with this new virus. It was last spotted in July, and since then, it has been playing hide-and-seek with the health officials, with a case surfacing after some while. What is more peculiar is that 12 cases out of the total 13 that have been reported are of children under the age of 18 years.
After being suffering from fever for some time, she was taken to a medical center, where she was tested positive for influenza. She was then given a flu shot of Tamilflu, after which, she recovered. Her family members and close contacts were also tested to make sure that none of them had caught the deadly virus, but all of them tested negative. It is being speculated that the girl had visited a swine processing plant a week before where she could have got the virus. This is the first case that has come up in Utah. Previously, cases have been reported in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maine, Iowa and West Virginia. More than 50% of the cases that have been reported have come from the exposure to pigs, which is raising question that a variant of the swine flu might be now transferring from pigs on to humans.
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