INDIANAPOLIS — The new H3N2v strain of the influenza A virus, commonly referred to as swine flu, is exponentially increasing in frequency across the state of Indiana, according to Reuters.
Indiana''s total confirmed cases of the virus that is transmittable from pigs to humans jumped from 11 last week to 113 this week, a tenfold increase, the story stated.
Especially during fair and carnival season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned people to be cautious around pigs after several cases of swine flu were linked to attendance at agricultural fairs where sick pigs were present, the story noted.
CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said, "We believe most of these cases are still due to contact with pigs. However, limited human-to-human transmission with this virus has been observed in the past, and we expect that some human-to-human spread will be observed in these current outbreaks."
Health officials in numerous states and municipalities have warned people to wash their hands before and after they are near swine and to not eat or drink in close proximity to pigs, the story added.