The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday (08-09-12) a new strain of swine flu has reached four states. The new strain labeled H3N2 has reports of 145 cases, 113 in Indiana, 30 in Ohio, 1 in Hawaii and 1 in Illinois.
Most of the cases reported were young adults and children that were in close contact or indirectly exposed to swine. The CDC issued warnings for anyone coming in contact with pigs not to eat or drink in these areas and to wash hands thoroughly after touching pigs. Parents should use caution when children visit petting zoos and state fairs containing any type of animals.
Researchers are currently working on a H3N2 vaccine to prevent a pandemic.