April 12, 2012 Updated: April 12, 2012 | 7:33 pm
New case of swine H3N2 flu found in U.S. child
By Helen Branswell
The Canadian Press
This scanning electron micrograph view depicts some of the ultrastructural details displayed by swine-origin H3N2 influenza viruses responsible for causing illness in Indiana, Maine, Iowa, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
TORONTO – After a lull of several months, an influenza virus that is sporadically jumping from pigs to people in the United States has made yet another appearance.
U.S. public health officials have reported a new human infection with the swine-origin H3N2 virus — officially called H3N2v (for variant) virus. The case is a young girl living in Utah; she is the 13th person known to have been infected with this new virus since it was first spotted last July.
Twelve of the 13 cases have been children under 18. In this case, state officials are asking that the girl’s precise age not be revealed.