The latest news about our local swine flu outbreak isn’t good. Indiana health officials have confirmed 113 cases in 18 counties and are expected to confirm more by the end of the week. Ohio has confirmed 30 cases and the CDC has issued an advisory for fairgoers. This is a variant of the H3N2 virus and so far hasn’t killed anyone.
“State health officials have confirmed 113 cases of a new strain of swine flu in 18 Indiana counties and expect to confirm more cases later this week.
The State Department of Health said Wednesday the number of confirmed human cases had leapt from just 11 in Indiana last week and only 29 nationwide, including at least 12 in neighboring Ohio.
The counties with confirmed cases stretch from northwestern Indiana through the center of Indiana to south-central Indiana. All of the cases were transmitted to humans by sick hogs.
The Indiana State Fair sent home most of the hogs in its swine barn Monday after six pigs in the 4-H show developed high fevers.
State Health Commissioner Gregory says the flu is a mild illness with symptoms similar to seasonal flu.”
“We’re not trying to raise hysteria. We’re trying to make sure people avoid getting sick.”
Health officials pay close attention to swine flu cases: Strains of the virus caused a pandemic in 2009 that led to thousands of deaths in the United States, according to the CDC. There were mass vaccinations and shortages of the vaccine.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to go over your pandemic preps. We have outlined our Pandemic Supplies and Plans in this article “Our Pandemic Preps”. There are also many other good forums and blogs that include pandemic info as well.