Novel Influenza Outbreak (H3N2v) in Ohio and Indiana, August 2012
Last year the CDC recognized a novel influenza strain now known as H3N2v (see this thread
). In the past month this strain has infected more than 200 individuals, mostly children who came in contact with swine in county fairs in Ohio and Indiana. No one has died and only a few cases have been hospitalized. It is not clear whether this outbreak will spread human to human. Allnurses readers should continue to monitor the outbreak as it may affect working conditions for all HCWs later this flu season.
Serological studies show that individuals from 20 to 40 years old may have some cross protective immunity to this strain. Young children and the elderly are susceptible. Last year's trivalent vaccine and 2012-2013 vaccine will not provide protection because the H3N2 component of the vaccine is not a good match for this novel strain.
More information at:
CDC: Interim Information for Clinicians about Human Infections with H3N2v Virus
(August 10, 2012)