Swine flu detected at 2nd Maryland truthful

WASHINGTON — For the second time in as many weeks, a Maryland truthful is coping with instances of swine flu.

The Maryland Division of Agriculture issued an announcement Sunday, saying preliminary exams present 11 pigs from The Nice Frederick Truthful are contaminated with influenza A.

It isn’t clear if that pressure is doubtlessly transmissible to people, and extra testing is being performed.

All swine on the fairgrounds are beneath a quarantine, in line with the division.

This comes after seven residents contracted a pressure of swine flu from contaminated pigs on the Charles County truthful.

Maryland’s well being division mentioned final week that the contaminated individuals had shut contact with 5 pigs that examined constructive. Not one of the contaminated people developed a critical sickness or needed to be hospitalized.

The pig an infection, introduced Wednesday, led to a quarantine of all pigs on the fairgrounds. As an additional step, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder issued an order canceling swine reveals on the upcoming St. Mary’s and Calvert County gala’s.

Transmission of swine flu to people is uncommon however doable, in line with well being officers. Swine flu infections in people are most definitely to happen in individuals who have dealt with sick pigs, reminiscent of youngsters touching pigs at agricultural gala’s and staff within the swine trade.

Since 2005, there have been about 400 instances of swine flu reported in people, “which signifies that it’s actually uncommon,” mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses on the Nationwide Institutes of Well being.

“It is a phenomenon that happens occasionally,” he added. “It has not led to vital public well being issues, however you need to hold your eye out on it as you at all times do when you have got these uncommon infections.”

Signs of swine flu are just like the seasonal flu, together with fever, cough and sore throat.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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