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Although the H3N2v sequences from the above confirmed cases at the Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio have not yet been made public, two full sets of sequences from the LaPorte County Fair were released by the CDC last week (A/Indiana/07/2012 and A/Indiana/09/2012). The two sequences from Indiana exactly matched each other and were closely related two the two sets of sequences from an outbreak at a West Virginia daycare center in Mineral County. Two cases were confirmed (A/West Virginia/06/2011 and A/West Virginia/07/2011).
However, Jackson County also noted that there have been symptomatic cases in the country for the past six weeks, suggesting many clusters of cases are present. The confirmation of H3N2 in one of the initial swabs suggests most or all of the additional swabs will also be H3N2v confirmed, since flu-like symptoms in Indiana in July are uncommon.
These cases also strongly suggest that additional cases will be identified at the Indiana State Fair, which begins tomorrow in Indianapolis.
Most of the people who became sick with the suspected H3N2v (variant) influenza virus had direct contact with hogs at the fair, she said.
Vast majority of the 41 in contact with pigs. Might be children exhibiting or friends of children exhibiting
There were 350 hog exhibitors at the fair, Burg said.
H3N2v can be transmitted from swine to humans and vice versa, officials said, but it is rarely transmitted between humans.
The above comments confirm that the number of symptomatic people linked to the Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio was markedly higher than the 10 confirmed cases, which are record numbers for confirmed or suspect H3N2v cases at a single event. These numbers increase the likelihood that the H3N2v in Ohio matches the LaPorte County Fair outbreak in Indiana were there were 4 confirmed cases and at least 15 symptomatic cases identified via telephone survey.
The above comments are from the Hawaii Department of Health press release describing the confirmed H3N2v case. The Maui patient had swine contact according to media reports, and the suspect swine herd is being tested. The swine originated in California.
The above comments strongly suggest that the H3N2v is closely related to human cases, but does not distinguish between in constellation in the first 10 cases in 2011, and the constellation seen in all most recent public sequences (A/West Virginia/06/2011, A/West Virginia/07/2011, A/Utah/10/2012, A/Indiana/07/2012, A/Indiana/09/2012).
The above comments are in the “significance" summary of the newly published mBio paper, “Emergence of Fatal Avian Influenza in New England Harbor Seals” by researchers at Columbia University. The paper describes sequences from five H3N8 sets of sequences from seals who died in late 2011 off the New England coast. The “naturally acquired mutation” of greatest concern was D701N in PB2, which is an acquisition which is known to increase avian influenza transmission in mammalian hosts.