Eight more swine flu cases confirmed in Central Indiana

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The State Health Department has confirmed an additional eight cases of swine flu, bringing the total in Central Indiana to 12.

Earlier this summer, health officials found variant influenza A, H3N2v, in 13 pigs at the Grant County agricultural Fair.

Human infections with swine influenza are rare but have most commonly occurred after 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.

State officials are reminding Hoosiers to wash hands before and after petting or touching any animal. They’re also asking residents to avoid eating or drinking when visiting animal areas. Those at high risk for flu complications are asked to avoid swine at county fairs.

Symptoms mirror the seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, chills, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms appear one to four days after exposure.

Last year, 138 cases of swine flu were identified in Indiana.

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