CDC: Number of H3N2v confirmed cases hits more than 220

The number of confirmed H3N2v infections, commonly known as swine flu, has jumped to more than 220 since July, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last week.

The confirmed cases still are believed to be associated with exposure to sick pigs, many through fair exhibitions. Symptoms are similar to […]

Reports: Officials watching for H3N2v mutations

With more than 160 confirmed cases of H3N2v nationwide, health officials are watching to see if the virus mutates to be transmissible from person-to-person, according to news reports.

So far, the H3N2v virus, commonly known as swine flu, only has been transmitted between sick pigs and humans, with most of the infected being people that […]

CDC: H3N2v flu illness total tops 140

More than 140 people have been infected with a strain of the H3N2 animal influenza virus, which can be transmitted between pigs and humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The original 16 cases of the virus were reported August 3. In those cases, all of the infected people had interacted […]

Are we really on the brink of a dog flu pandemic?

If you’re a dog owner (or even if you’re not), you may have been alarmed by some recent headlines going around: Dogs have been identified as a potential cause for the spread of the flu — on a pandemic level.

What does this mean, though? Is there a new type of dog flu we should […]

How to avoid the flu in a bad flu year

Globally, it’s been a bad year of the flu so far, with cases in many regions higher than they’ve been in decades. To try and stop the spread, school systems in many cities have been shutting down, especially in the hardest-hit areas within North America, Asia and Europe.

According to Anthony Fauci, director of the […]

Researchers offer tips to prevent swine flu in humans

The 2017 county fair season in the U.S. is nearing its close. Fewer and fewer weekends are filled with the bright lights of rapidly assembled Ferris wheels, the air is less filled with the scent of toasty elephant ears (non-Americans, check these out) and fewer animals are ambling into the trailer to be brought to […]

Nearly 300 pigs culled at county fair after swine flu discovery

A county fair in the U.S. state of Ohio took an unfortunate turn this month when the discovery of swine flu in at least one animal led to state officials ordering the culling of nearly 300 pigs.

The barn was quarantined and disinfected after a case of the H3N2 strain was identified. The strain can […]

Preventing the spread of swine influenza

With the current news topics of emerging strains of swine1 and avian influenza2 spreading throughout North America, it is important to review the influenza virus, what it can do if it enters your farm, and how you can prevent it from spreading.

What is influenza?

The commonly known influenza virus (H1N1) was first identified and […]

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Animal Science

Ohio and Michigan report H3N2v ‘swine flu’ infections linked to pigs at fairs – Outbreak News The four human infections were caused by H3N2v viruses in Ohio (2) and Michigan (2). […]

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Food Safety

FDA Finalizes Food Safety Rule on Food Transport – Food Processing The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a new food safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that […]