New Mexico reports ‘swine flu’ case, 10th case in the US in 2022


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The New Mexico Department of Health reported a human infection with the new influenza A virus in mid-October.

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The patient was infected with the influenza A (H3N2) variant (A (H3N2) v).

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The patient is under 18 years of age and recovering from his illness. An investigation by local public health officials found that the patient had been exposed to pigs prior to the onset of his illness. No person-to-person transmission of the A(H3N2) virus has been identified associated with this patient. Investigation is underway.

A total of ten human infections with the influenza A variant viruses were reported in the United States in 2022, including five H3N2v (Michigan, New Mexico, West Virginia (3)) and five H1N2v (Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin) viruses.

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When an influenza virus that circulates naturally in pigs (but not humans) is detected in a person, it is called a “variant” influenza virus. Most human infections with the variant influenza virus occur after exposure to pigs, but human-to-human transmission can occur. It is important to note that in most cases, mutated influenza viruses have not been shown to be able to spread easily and sustainably from person to person.

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