Friday, October 21, 2011

CDC investigating case of ‘novel influenza virus of swine origin’ in Maine

Oct. 20, 2011

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a human case in Cumberland County of “novel influenza virus of swine origin” — a new strain of flu associated with pigs.

State Epidemiologist Stephen Sears said Thursday that a 7-year-old girl from Cumberland County became ill with flu-like symptoms in early October. Because the state is on alert for the arrival of seasonal flu in Maine, the girl was tested. Results found an unusual strain of influenza, later confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as genetically similar to a new strain that has been identified in three cases in Pennsylvania and one case in Indiana.

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