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Resident tests positive for "novel" flu

April 12, 2012
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OGDEN, UT — An unusual strain of influenza that has hospitalized three people in the U.S. and is not included in this year''s vaccination, has been identified in Weber County, according to the Standard-Examiner.

The virus has been identified in isolated cases across the nation, including West Virginia, Maine, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Indiana, the article stated.

According to the article, the virus, called A/H3N2v, has been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Utah Department of Health.

"Fortunately, this individual is getting better," said Weber-Morgan Health Department Director Gary House of the Weber County resident.

"We know there have been 12 other cases within the past year in the United States that have also fully recovered," House added.

The health department is working closely with the CDC, the state health department and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to determine how the local resident could have been exposed to the new strain, the article noted.

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