MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Experts say new influenza virus strain needs no new precautions

While a new influenza virus strain known as H3N2v has been discovered in Illinois and Iowa, experts say there is no need to take extra precaution because it has not yet spread between humans.
The strain is a different strain of the H1N1 virus, which is commonly known as the swine flu. There have been 12 human cases discovered in five different states, with 11 of the cases occurring in children, WXOW reports.
"We know for sure that there are no human to human transitions of these strains, but it's just our opportunity to get out and remind our folks of the importance of immunizing and protecting against the seasonal strains of influenza," Bridget Pfaff, a spokesperson with Gundersen Lutheran, said, according to WXOW.
Out of the 12 patients, three were hospitalized. All of the patients have fully recovered.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus has also been identified in West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Maine. The CDC has recommended that state and local health departments conduct contact tracing of confirmed, probable or suspected H3N2v cases to gather more information and to collect specimens from patients exhibiting influenza-like symptoms. The CDC has labelled taking specimens from children in child-care and school settings, children exhibiting severe symptoms and medically attended children exhibiting symptoms as a high priority.