LANSING - The state's first case of swine flu this season is linked to the Ingham County fair. A statement from the Michigan Department of Community Health says that the first case of variant H3N2 influenza infection in Michigan has been reported in a Washtenaw County child. That child had recent exposure to swine at the Ingham County Fair, experienced mild illness and was not hospitalized.
H3N2 influenza has been called "swine" flu, because it results after exposure to pigs, but is in no way related to the eating of pork products.
Most human infections with H3N2 have occurred following direct contact with pigs. As a precaution, MDARD has been notifying swine exhibitors, fairs, and veterinarians of proper safety measures to prevent spreading illnesses.
The state laboratory results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing. MDCH is working with local health departments to identify any other potential cases.
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