WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – Seven people have been diagnosed with a strange and unusual new kind of swine flu in California and Texas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.
All seven people have recovered but the virus itself is a never-before-seen mixture of viruses typical among pigs, birds and humans, the CDC said.
“We are likely to find more cases,” the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat told a telephone briefing. “We don’t think this is time for major concern around the country.”
The CDC reported the new strain of swine flu on Tuesday in two boys from California’s two southernmost counties.
Now, five more cases have been seen — all found via normal surveillance for seasonal influenza. None of the patients, whose symptoms closely resembled seasonal flu, had any direct contact with pigs.
“We believe at this point that human-to-human spread is occurring,” Schuchat said. “That’s unusual. We don’t know yet how widely it is spreading … We are also working with international partners to understand what is occurring in other parts of the world.” Read the rest here.
Well, well. Next flu season should be quite interesting. Yes, I WILL get my shot.
I will say, however, that we have had a LOT of children over the course of the flu season come down with lots of vomiting with the flu. Coincidence?