Dhhr Investigates Swine Flu In Jackson County, West Virginia (Latest News)

According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health, several people who handled swine at the Jackson County Fair have contracted a sickness that resembles the flu and includes fever and respiratory symptoms (BPH).

The incidents are being looked into by the DHHR and the Jackson County Health Department. On Tuesday, the Office of Laboratory Services of the DHHR discovered probable influenza A in at least one human sample. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received the sample for verification (CDC).

β€œIf experiencing symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, or congestion, it is extremely important to let your healthcare provider know if you or your loved one has visited a recent outdoor event with animal livestock, such as pigs, and to be appropriately evaluated,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, DHHR’s State Health Officer, and BPH Commissioner. β€œThese symptoms usually show up 1-3 days after exposure.”

The DHHR states that swine flu viruses can spread throughout pig populations but typically do not infect people. When transmission does happen, it typically happens after a person has physically interacted with infected swine or had contact with a pig in a public place.

The DHHR advises locals to observe standard safety procedures for animal exhibits. These safety measures include:

  • Rinsing hands with soap and water both before and after handling animals; avoiding bringing food or drink into barns or other areas where there are animals;
  • Avoid getting too close to sick animals or pigs showing flu-like symptoms.
  • According to the DHHR, swine flu infections in people can be treated with the same influenza antiviral medications used to treat seasonal influenza.
Dhhr Investigates Swine Flu In Jackson County, West Virginia
Dhhr Investigates Swine Flu In Jackson County, West Virginia

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