Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Take Action To Prevent The Spread Of Flu Between People And Pigs At Fairs

Monday - Aug 13, 2012

Pigs are commonly infected with swine influenza (swine flu) viruses that are usually different from human influenza viruses. While rare, influenza can spread from pigs to people and from people to pigs. When people get swine flu, it's usually after contact with pigs. This has happened in different settings, including fairs. Right now, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned about a new influenza virus that has been found in U.S. pigs and has infected people too. This virus - called H3N2v when it infects people - may spread more easily to humans than is usual for swine flu viruses.

There are ways to reduce the spread of influenza viruses between pigs and people.

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