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Michigan: First Case of Influenza A H3N2 Variant Detected for 2013

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  • Michigan: First Case of Influenza A H3N2 Variant Detected for 2013

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2013

    MDCH CONTACT: Angela Minicuci, (517) 241-2112
    MDARD CONTACT: Bridget Patrick, (517) 284-5661,
    BCYF CONTACT: Karen Klug, (269) 473-4251,
    BCHD CONTACT: Yasi Back, (269) 927-5639

    LANSING ? Today, August 29, 2013, the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH), and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), along with the Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) have identified one case of an H3N2 variant (H3N2v) in a child who was a swine exhibitor at the recent Berrien County Youth Fair, which took place August 12-17, 2013.

    The child, who was not hospitalized, is reported to have contracted H3N2v after exposure to swine at the fair. In addition, a sick pig from the fair tested positive for Influenza A H3N2 at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. MDCH, MDARD, and BCHD are working with the Berrien County Youth Fair (BCYF) board to reach out to swine exhibitors who attended the fair to identify additional illnesses. As a precaution, Michigan public health agencies have conducted an extensive multi-state outreach to meat processing plants that were identified as being in receipt of live swine from the fair. These facilities have been made aware of the potential exposure to their employees, symptoms of illness, and given instruction on seeking care and testing. MDARD has notified managers at eight additional fairs scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, and asked them to reach out to swine exhibitors and the fair veterinarians about the H3N2v case and to use proper safety measures to prevent spreading illnesses.