The first case of H3N2 influenza infection in Michigan has been reported.
A child in Washtenaw County tested positive for influenza A (H3N2).
The child was recently around swine at the Ingham County Fair, and then experienced a mild illness.
Most human infections with H3N2 have occurred after being in contact with pigs. As a precaution, the Michigan Department of Community Health has notified swine exhibitors, fairs, and veterinarians of proper safety measures to prevent spreading illnesses.
Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, elderly persons, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term medical conditions).
There are steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of influenza between people and pigs:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to animals.
• Never eat, drink, or put things in your mouth while in animal areas, and don't take food or drink into animal areas.
• Children younger than 5, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, and neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions) are at high risk for serious complications if they get influenza. People with these risk factors should consider avoiding exposure to pigs and swine barns this summer, especially if sick pigs have been identified.
• If you have animals – including swine – watch them for signs of illness, and call a veterinarian if you suspect they might be sick.
For more information about the investigation and H3N2, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/influenza-variant-viruses-h3n2v.htm