Sixth swine flu death, three suspected cases
Officials confirmed at the time that there may have been five additional cases of “H7N9 swine flu” confirmed. Those four cases occurred in April and July 2016, respectively.
“We’re still working to get a complete picture of who these swine flu strains apronxare associated with,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s deputy director for health protection, Dan Steinberg, said in an interview.
The agency was asked by U.S. lawmakers to examine whether flu viruses from that outbreak are still circulating and what, if any, precautions CDC officials can take, particularly because influenza cases are on the rise in many Western countries, including the United States.
Steinberg said he believes that the virus can infect cattle by shedding off the placenta, but that “if it does not, we’re not going to recognize it for another two months. In addition, if we don’t get that, then our ability to identify swine flu is severely compromised, and we’d have to consider this a public health emergency.”
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In October, four children — one of whom was infected with the flu — contracted the virus after getting the flu-like illnessapronx at a birthday party.
Authorities believe the same flu virus spread on Sept. 25 through the Chicago area between November 9 and 14. The new infections come amid reports that the virus had been in the wild for several days since October 31, with people having gotten sick even before a flu season began.
Experts and researchers say that the new cases are not yet proof of a broader flu pandemic that could put a strain on Americans more similar to that seen last winter during the 2009-10 peak, when H7N9 was detected in the U.S. mainland. They say the virus can still be caught from swine in the same way it is spread via food, water, poultry and wild hogs, which tend to become sick from more than just eating infected meat.
The new cases also suggest that there may be an alternative to the highly contagious H7N9 strain. The virus is resistant to antibiotics, which made some scientists conclude that the latest strain was an engineered one engineered to withstand them.