Mexican flu hits the flu in Michigan: thousands of families warned of potential exposure after pigs were tested positive – for the second year in a row
- Pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair in Michigan began to show symptoms of Mexican flu on Thursday, July 25
- They tested positive the next day and were removed from the exhibition grounds
- No people have been reported yet who have contracted the disease
- This is the second year in a row that pigs were discovered at the Fowlerville Family Fair with the disease, with two residents becoming ill last year
Pigs at a local trade show in Michigan have tested positive for swine flu for the second year in a row.
Health officials said in one release that the pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair, attended by thousands of families, began to show symptoms for the first time in the afternoon on Thursday, July 25.
According to the Livingston County Health Department (LCHD), the pigs were isolated the next day and confirmed that they had the Mexican flu.
So far no people have reported illness, but officials are warning everyone who was in close contact with the infected pigs to be alert to signs of Mexican flu.
Pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair in Michigan showed symptoms of swine flu on Thursday July 25 (file image)
This is the second year in a row that pigs have tested positive at the Fowlerville Family Fair, according to W X Y Z.
However, last year two cases of influenza A were confirmed in residents exposed to the sick pigs.
& # 39; The LCHD also instructs healthcare providers in the area to look for patients with respiratory symptoms who report exposure to pigs or who have visited the pig barn & # 39 ;, said a statement on Saturday.
& # 39; In addition, people who have visited the fair and were exposed to the pigs who are starting to get flu-like symptoms should contact LCHD. & # 39;
The news comes not long after health officials in Michigan have urged people to take precautions to prevent Mexican-wide flu and local fairs.
Swine flu is a respiratory disease in pigs caused by type A influenza viruses.
Usually swine flu viruses do not infect humans, but human infections have been reported.
The most notorious occurred during the 2009-10 flu season when a strain known as H1N1 – a combination of pigs, birds and humans – infected millions worldwide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 60.8 million cases were nearly 12,500 deaths in the US.
Signs of infection may include cough, runny nose, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Symptoms usually appear within three days after exposure, but can occur up to 10 days after exposure.
Precautions to prevent swine flu include refraining from eating or drinking in animal stalls or show rings.
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