New flu found in Iowa raises concern

November 26, 2011IOWA – A new type of flu virus has afflicted three children in Iowa. This virus has been linked to pigs in the past, but these new cases appear to have been spread from person to person. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said that the children did not become seriously ill. The children live in rural Webster and Hamilton counties. There is concern about a potentially greater outbreak of the flu because the swine origin A/H3N2 virus was detected in patients who hadn’t had contact with animals. Quinlisk said, “We have pretty good evidence of person-to-person spread…None of the children or anyone around them had exposure to swine, turkeys or other sources.” The new H3N2 virus appears to have acquired a gene that might make it more transmissible from H1N1, the flu that sparked 2009′s so-called swine flu pandemic. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously detected seven cases of this strain of the flu in humans. Genetic parts are often swapped by flu viruses. Officials suspect that the new virus was created when a pig became infected with the H1N1 virus and the H3N2 virus at the same time. The new virus combines elements of avian, human, H1N1 and swine flu viruses together into what scientists call a recombinant virus. Since the first new H3N2 case was found in a child in Indiana in July, there have been cases found in Pennsylvania, Maine and Iowa. Health officials stressed that there is no cause for panic over the Iowa cases of H3N2. Symptom of the H3N2 flu are similar to those of the regular seasonal flu, including cough, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and body aches. Imperfect Parent
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6 Responses to New flu found in Iowa raises concern

  1. Kathy says:

    for more on the new H3N2 see Dr. Niman’s comments at http://www.recombinomics.com/whats_new.html

  2. Cris says:

    The medical industry have so flooded health care with antibiotics that our immune system will not be able to fight any of these new bugs. Antibiotics are prescribed for any and everything. Now, even the strongest drugs on the market are not effective in many cases.
    At the very least, we should eat right and exercise to maintain optimum health. God created man’s body to be able to heal itself. However, man digests so many things that are harmful.
    While we are preparing for survival in these economic times, we should also consider our physical well being.
    We may stock pile food and water, but what good will it do if you’re to sick to eat or drink it.

    • Irene C says:

      Not just the antibiotic medication the doctors prescribe for everything, but the antibiotic soap, cleansers, wipes, and the ever present antibiotic gel to sterilize our hands after touching everything and anything. I was raised on a farm where we would pick a tomato from the garden, brush off the excess dirt, and enjoy. I’ve gathered eggs from the hen house (refrigerated of course). I’ve stepped on nails, played in hay lofts, and gotten as dirty as I possibly could. Now, parents rush their children to the ER at the sign of their first sniffle where they are pumped with more meds. I see children with all sorts of “allergies” that I never knew about. Our bodies have become useless in resisting illness. Years ago, I tried to warn people that overuse of antibiotics would cause problems, but, of course, no once listened.

      [On a side note: Did you know there is now a warning on cake mix boxes that say "Warning, do not eat raw batter". Sorry, but that's the best part.]

      Now, don’t get me wrong, I do believe in good hygiene and careful preparation of good. But going overboard is just as bad as not being careful. Sorry, this is just some rambling from a [former] good ol’ country girl.

      Maranatha

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