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    LSU Health Shreveport reports first confirmed flu cases

    Two cases of seasonal flu, Influenza virus type A, have been confirmed in local children, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at LSU Health in Shreveport announced Wednesday.

    Dr. John Vanchiere, associate professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases said the children - who are unrelated - were treated at Shreveport area pediatricians' offices and specimens were sent to the medical center for testing in its Diagnostic Virology Laboratory. Based on the molecular testing at LSU Health, the two viruses have been characterized as H3N2 strains, which are different than the pandemic H1N1 strain of 2009 which has circulated the past two years.

    The flu has made its way into the Shreveport-Bossier community early this year; it is normally not expected until after Thanksgiving. Last year, the first cases were confirmed November 17 by LSU Health Shreveport's lab...10/27/11


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    LSU Health Shreveport reports first case of flu

    Two cases of seasonal flu otherwise known as influenza virus type A, have been confirmed in local children, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at LSU Health Shreveport announced Wednesday.

    Dr. John Vanchiere, associate professor of pediatrics in the school of medicine and chief of pediatric infectious diseases said the children, who are unrelated, were treated at Shreveport area pediatrician’s offices and specimens were sent to the medical center for testing.

    Based on testing at LSU Health, the two viruses have been characterized as H3N2 strains, which are different than the pandemic H1N1 strain of 2009, which has circulated the past two years.

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    http://www.ktbs.com/news/29603919/detail.html

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