Officials: Swine Flu Confirmed in Michigan Child

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Symptoms of H3N2v infection in people are similar to those of seasonal flu viruses and can include fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Infections with influenza viruses (including variant viruses like H3N2v) can sometimes cause severe disease, even in healthy people. This can include complications, such as pneumonia, which may require hospitalization, and sometimes results in death. People who are at high risk of developing complications if they get influenza include children younger than 5 years of age, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, and neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions.
 

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) -- Health officials say a strain of swine flu is responsible for an illness that sickened a child who recently attended the Berrien County Youth Fair in southwestern Michigan.

The state Department of Community Health announced Thursday it was the first case of H3N2 variant flu virus this year in Michigan.

The department says the child was a swine exhibitor at this month's fair. Officials say the child wasn't hospitalized. And a pig from the fair tested positive for Influenza A H3N2.

The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is involved along with the Berrien County Health Department.

Officials want to find out whether others became ill. They've also reached out to meat processing plants that got pigs from the fair.


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