Thursday, November 24, 2011

MSN reports on new H3N2 influenza from pigs, in Iowa; so far, very mild illness

Here we go again on pandemics.  MSNBC is reporting on a case where three children in Iowa came down with a swine-associated H3N2 influenza virus thought spread only among pigs has raised new concerns. The symptoms were mild and not any more prolonged or acute than usual.  The story is by Jonel  Aleccia, link here 
The panic originating in Mexico in 2009 had concerned H1N1. 

The biggest threat (related perhaps to the movie “Contagion”) could come from H5N1 (“bird flu”, a bit of a misnomer as all influenza probably has infected birds), and there are not many major reports on progress toward a vaccine.

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