Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A variation on swine flu has been making the rounds in the Midwest, but it hasn't shown up here in the Gem State.
Right now in the US, there's a small outbreak of the H3N2 flu, which is a variant of swine flu. The good news is this version is a very mild flu, and only two people have been hospitalized as a result of it.
Logan Hudson, Public Health Nurse, says, "There's been about 150 cases, most of them are in the Midwest. So that is probably something we might see here, although we haven't had any reported in the state of Idaho, so we are still considered low risk."
Hudson says taking general precautions when handling pigs can help you avoid catching any kind of flu. He says if you do come down with any flu like symptoms, make sure you see your doctor.
Stephanie Martin, R.N. with St. Luke's Infection Prevention, says, "Here in Idaho, we don't have to be concerned. We don't have any cases in Idaho. However, with fair season going on right now, we just want to be cognizant of when we're dealing with the animals, that we're washing our hands, we're not eating around them. If for some reason you do come up with some symptoms and have been around animals, you would want to let your physician know that."
Martin says those flu like symptoms include fever, headaches, runny nose, fatigue, and upset stomach. She also says don't take your food or drink into animal barns.
For more information on swine flu, hudson says you can visit phd5.idaho.gov .
Aug. 14, 2012.