H3N2: has the next influenza pandemic threat arrived? 3 die from outbreak in Australia NSW

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Asia Pacific Region, Australia, Emergencies, Environment, Health, UK, USA
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The Extinction Protocol

August 4, 2012HEALTHWith 16 new human cases in the last three weeks — 12 in the last week alone — an outbreak of a variant strain of swine flu is giving CDC officials the jitters. What worries officials is that the new flu, officially called variant type A H3N2or H3N2v, carries the M gene from the human H1N1 pandemic flu bug. This gene makes it easier for flu bugs to infect humans and spread among them. The first human case was detected in July 2011. Since then there have been 29 reported cases, although more cases likely have gone unreported. “Since the fall of 2011 there has been a big increase in these types of infections,” Joseph Bresee, MD, of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said at a news conference held to announce the new cases. “All 29 cases have had H3N2v with the M…

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