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Maui pig worker first Hawai‘i resident to contract rare flu

August 9, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - An adult Maui resident who works with pigs contracted Hawai'i's first confirmed case of an unusual variant flu strain that has been detected in six Mainland states in the last year, the state Health Department said on July 31.

The state Agriculture Department plans to take nasal swabs of a selection of pig herds on Maui to look for evidence of the H3N2v virus, said state Veterinarian Dr. James Foppoli.

"If we find an infected herd, our recommendation is to not move the animals to make sure there's no more transmission in the herd, and then they will be OK to go to slaughter once they're well," Foppoli said.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late last week confirmed Hawai'i's first case of the H3N2v virus after the unidentified patient sought medical attention after experiencing symptoms consistent with the regular flu, including fever, cough and body aches, the Health Department said.

The patient has since fully recovered and did not require hospitalization, the Health Department said.



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