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    New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    A cluster of flu cases linked to contact with pigs has doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning people to wash up and avoid eating around animals as they attend county and state fairs.
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    The new influenza strain sickened at least 12 people last week. All cases involved recent contact with pigs at agricultural fairs. Hawaii and Indiana each has one case, and 10 were linked to last week's Butler County Fair in Ohio. Four other cases have been linked to a county fair in Indiana that ran July 8-14. None resulted in hospitalization or death.
    The new flu goes by the name influenza A (H3N2) variant, or H3N2v, and was first identified in humans a year ago, says Joseph Bresee of the CDC Influenza Division. Of the 29 cases that have been reported so far, 80% "had swine contact before getting ill and most of that contact was at county fairs," he said.
    The flu is clinically identical to the regular seasonal flu, with fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. H3N2v is not a food-borne illness, Bresee says. You can't get it from eating pork. But you can get it from being around sick pigs.
    To avoid H3N2v, people attending agricultural fairs and other events involving swine should take these precautions, CDC says:
    Wash hands with soap and water before and after exposure to animals.
    Avoid eating, drinking or putting anything in the mouth in animal areas.
    Don't take food or drink into animal areas.
    Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses should avoid exposure to animal areas.
    If you develop flu symptoms after attending an agricultural fair, tell your doctor.
    Avoid sick pigs.
    Beware at fair: New flu virus can pass from pigs to people ? USATODAY.com



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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    So is this the new pig flu?


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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    THERE'S A SUCH THING AS SWINE FLU?????????????




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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Man, these pigs are dangerous. First *** cancer, and now the flu?




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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    And my next questions is: will this cause higher bacon prices??? The apocalypse may be upon us.


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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Chuck Lidell: I paint my toenails with pink and black polish. Problem is, I get more paint on my toes and on the carpet than on my nails. Any advice?
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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Oh dear god, no.



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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Oh dear god, no.
    Gwenyth Paltrow would be responsible for killing 1/4 of the world's population...


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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Gwenyth Paltrow would be responsible for killing 1/4 of the world's population...
    I knew I never liked her for a reason.



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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    This is the first thing I thought of. After watching that movie and wanted to board myself up and not leave the house. Just call me Howard Hughes.


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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    OMG! Is Fred Hoiboar contagious? The State Fair starts next week!


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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Transmission of influenza among species is not necessarily rare but is typically not widespread nor does it impact many individuals. Because the flu virus is an RNA virus it mutates or has imperfect replication and thus changes frequently. Occasionally, this results in a virus that may spread from pigs to humans. Not the first time nor likely the last that this will happen between pigs and humans or birds and humans.



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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Quote Originally Posted by balken View Post
    Transmission of influenza among species is not necessarily rare but is typically not widespread nor does it impact many individuals. Because the flu virus is an RNA virus it mutates or has imperfect replication and thus changes frequently. Occasionally, this results in a virus that may spread from pigs to humans. Not the first time nor likely the last that this will happen between pigs and humans or birds and humans.
    This is obviously an informed, reasonable response.

    Good luck with that.

    These minor CDC bulletins are often turned into screaming hysterical disease scares when 24/7 media outlets need something new to write about. We will see if this "State Fair Flu" becomes a topic they take interest in the coming days.

    If the result is a shorter line for my Deep Fried Snickers on a Stick, I am sort of OK with it.



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    Re: New Flu Strain Can Pass from Pigs to Humans

    Quote Originally Posted by Die4Cy View Post
    This is obviously an informed, reasonable response.

    Good luck with that.

    These minor CDC bulletins are often turned into screaming hysterical disease scares when 24/7 media outlets need something new to write about. We will see if this "State Fair Flu" becomes a topic they take interest in the coming days.

    If the result is a shorter line for my Deep Fried Oreos, I am sort of OK with it.
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