The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert last week after the country recorded its first human infection with the H3N2v influenza virus, which usually spreads among pigs.
Recent reports of increased outbreaks of swine flu in pigs in the United States indicate a risk of exposure [humana] Infection with these viruses may be higher than normal this season and may continue into the fall.”
The health agency also recommends sponsorship for people who attend agricultural fairs.
The CDC notes that “these sites could increase the risk of influenza viruses spreading between pigs themselves and between pigs and humans due to these interactions.”
Regarding the confirmed case, the agency reported that the infected patient has been hospitalized and is recovering.
Health authorities claim to have reports of respiratory illness in other people who participated in the same agricultural event as the initial case. The samples collected from them are analyzed.
“People at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza should avoid pigs at fairs. If they cannot avoid exposure to pigs, they should wear a well-fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth to reduce the risk of exposure to influenza viruses. They should also wash their hands with soap and running water before and after Exposure to pigs or hog barns. If soap and water are not available, people should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.”, recommend the CDC.
In addition, for individuals who are not at high risk, the agency offers the following guidelines:
• Do not eat or drink in the pig area.
• Avoid contact with pigs that appear to be sick.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water before and after contact with pigs.
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