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[ISDH]Health Officials Continue to Investigate Flu Illness
Start Date: 8/2/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/2/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health has identified a case of variant influenza A in Jackson County, bringing the total to five cases statewide.  All cases have been linked to swine.  Laboratory testing is pending on potential additional cases.


The State Health Department has detected increased influenza activity in different areas of the state.  Flu symptoms usually include fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.  Symptoms usually last about 2 to 5 days.

Variant Influenza A virus can be directly transmitted from swine to people and from people to swine. Human infections are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to live infected pigs, such as working with them in barns and livestock exhibits at fairs.  Influenza viruses are not transmitted by eating pork and pork products. 


While influenza is not an uncommon diagnosis in pigs, the State Board of Animal Health encourages swine owners to contact a veterinarian if their animals show signs consistent with flu, including coughing, respiratory illness, off-feed and fever. Most county fairs have a private veterinary practitioner on call for on-site assistance.


Hoosiers are encouraged to wash hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal.  Never eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth when visiting animal areas.  Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune systems should be extra careful around animals. 


The best way to prevent spread of influenza is to practice good hygiene.  Wash your hands frequently. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.  If possible, avoid contact with those who are ill.  Stay home if you develop influenza symptoms and contact your health care provider. 


Additional information regarding influenza can be found at the Indiana State Department of Health website at




Contact Information:
Name: Amy Reel
Phone: 317.233.7315
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