The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded 153 people, mostly children, infected by a new strain of swine flu between July 12 and August 9. According to the CDC, the influenza A variant,H3N2v, were contracted after contact with affected pigs at county fairs. Of course, the agency will likely balloon the issue out of proportions for a vaccine push, as they have done with many other flu strains.
“We’re seeing a big increase, and we think it’s a real increase,” Dr. Joseph Bresee of the CDC remarked on Thursday, referring to the 141-case jump since last week’s record.
H3N2v – Spread Through Pigs at County Fairs
“You bring together these fair pigs. I’d assume a lot are not vaccinated,” added Dr. Bresee. “You get this burst where the virus transmits rapidly among pigs…. At the same time, you’re getting more people walking through the barns than you would in a commercial farm.” Additionally, children often bring pigs to agricultural fairs and mind the animals, which might explain the predominance of children being infected by the virus, although the CDC warns that immune-compromised adults and the elderly are also at risk.