Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Flu-like outbreak linked to hogs at Butler County fair?

Aug. 1, 2012
HAMILTON — State and local health officials are investigating an outbreak of flu-like illnesses that may be linked to hogs at the Butler County Fair.

The Butler County Health Department received 41 calls reporting that 39 children and two adults had become sick after attending the week-long fair, which ended Saturday, said director Pat Burg.

Most of the people who became sick with the suspected H3N2v (variant) influenza virus had direct contact with hogs at the fair, she said.

There were 350 hog exhibitors at the fair, Burg said.
If all of those suspected cases are confirmed as H3H2v, it would be the largest outbreak in the country in 2012, according to data from the CDC.

No one has been hospitalized, Burg said.

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