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First Swine Flu Case of 2013 Found In Michigan Child

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A child in southwest Michigan has been infected with swine flu.

The swine strand was found in a kid at the Berrien County Youth Fair in Berrien Springs, Michigan. 

This is the first case of H3N2 in Michigan this year. 

The child was not hospitalized and a pig at the fair tested positive for H3N2.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is looking into the situation to figure out where the pigs got the disease. 

MDARD have also contacted the meat plants that bought pigs from the fair. 

"Influenza is common to swine and is not a food safety concern," said Dr. James Averill, MDARD Animal Industry Division Director and State Veterinarian. "Berrien County Youth Fair had hand washing stations, posters, and good biosecurity practices in place, and it's important that all fairs continue these practices." 

The symptoms of the swine flu are similar to the seasonal flu virus. 

Some tips on preventing the spread of any illness:

Avoid close contact with sick people. 

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. 

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based hand rub. 

Do not eat or drink in livestock barns or show rings. 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. 

If you are sick, stay home from work or school until your illness is over. 

Avoid contact with pigs if you have flu-like symptoms. Wait 7 days after your illness started or until you have been without fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer. If you must have contact with pigs while you are sick, take the protective actions listed above. 

Get an annual influenza vaccination. 

For additional information on the H3N2 Virus, follow the link provided.