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August 8, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Health officials in Indiana said Wednesday that they had confirmed 113 cases of the new H3N2 swine flu, affecting people from 18 counties statewide.  That's a dramatic rise in new cases since last week, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventionreported that  one Indianan - and 11 people in Hawaii and Ohio - had recently been sickened with the flu strain. The virus has been passing from sick pigs to people visiting agricultural fairs, the CDC said, and is far more common in children than in adults, who may have some resistance to it from past outbreaks.
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August 9, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
There have been 145 cases of infection with the H3N2 variant swine flu since July 12 -- a significant jump from the prior week's 12 confirmed cases, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday morning. "We're seeing a big increase, and we think it's a real increase," said CDC flu epidemiology chief Dr. Joseph Bresee, during a news conference. People have been catching this new swine flu primarily from exposures to infected pigs at state and county agricultural fairs.  Sneezes and coughs from sick animals in fairground pens can sicken nearby people, who typically come down with a mild illness not unlike the seasonal flu.  Two people have been hospitalized with complications from their illness, but both are now home, Bresee said.
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NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
There have been 145 cases of infection with the H3N2 variant swine flu since July 12 -- a significant jump from the prior week's 12 confirmed cases, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday morning. "We're seeing a big increase, and we think it's a real increase," said CDC flu epidemiology chief Dr. Joseph Bresee, during a news conference. People have been catching this new swine flu primarily from exposures to infected pigs at state and county agricultural fairs.  Sneezes and coughs from sick animals in fairground pens can sicken nearby people, who typically come down with a mild illness not unlike the seasonal flu.  Two people have been hospitalized with complications from their illness, but both are now home, Bresee said.
NEWS
August 8, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Health officials in Indiana said Wednesday that they had confirmed 113 cases of the new H3N2 swine flu, affecting people from 18 counties statewide.  That's a dramatic rise in new cases since last week, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventionreported that  one Indianan - and 11 people in Hawaii and Ohio - had recently been sickened with the flu strain. The virus has been passing from sick pigs to people visiting agricultural fairs, the CDC said, and is far more common in children than in adults, who may have some resistance to it from past outbreaks.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has words of caution for people planning to attend a local fair this summer: Watch out for sick pigs, which could be infected with the H3N2 swine influenza virus. On Friday, the health agency reported 12 new cases of human infection with a variant of the virus, which until now had been detected in just 17 Americans since July 2011. One case was in Hawaii, another was in Indiana and the remaining 10 came from Ohio. The Indiana and Ohio cases were associated with attendence at fairs, "where reportedly ill swine were present," the CDC said.
SCIENCE
April 30, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
As the swine flu outbreak continued to spread to countries around the world, the World Health Organization on Wednesday took the unprecedented step of raising the infectious disease alert level to phase 5, setting the stage for increased efforts to combat the infection. The virus "must be taken seriously because of its ability to spread to every country in the world," WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said at a news conference in Geneva.
HEALTH
September 13, 2004 | By Ronald D. White
Silvia Cordero eyed the row of disinfecting gels, soaps and hand sanitizers at a Rite Aid in Culver City with the intensity of a drill sergeant preparing troops for a skirmish with the H1N1 flu virus. "They're going in my car, in my desk at work and in my sons' backpacks," the 28-year-old said. "I don't really like the way any of them feel on my skin, but they might help keep us healthy." Concerns about the contagiousness and severity of the H1N1 flu strain have generated a boom in the hand-sanitizer market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2009 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seema Mehta
Millions of protective masks and gloves will be distributed to schools throughout California to prevent the spread of swine and seasonal flu, state and county officials announced Friday. Purchased with federal grants, the 23 million masks and gloves will be used by ill students as well as the nurses who examine them. "We want to keep students, teachers and staff healthy and in school," said state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. The announcement came as the first of Los Angeles County's final dozen H1N1 flu vaccination clinics opened in Santa Clarita with faster-moving lines as county health officials applied many of the lessons learned from previous clinics, which had been criticized as chaotic and inefficient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
The first three cases of swine flu in Los Angeles County were confirmed Saturday, health officials said. The virus was found in a Cal State Long Beach student who started having flu-like symptoms last weekend, as well as in two other specimens that were sent to a laboratory for testing, said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's director of public health. Fielding said late Saturday that he did not have any additional information on the other two patients, but they apparently were not related to the student in Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
Orange County Fair officials put out a memo last weekend informing employees that a worker had contracted swine flu, stirring talk among some staffers that fair officials may not be doing all that they could to protect them. The unidentified employee who contracted the H1N1 flu was a part-time "parking lead" -- "more of an office employee" who worked Saturday and Sunday morning shifts, said Robin Wachner, a spokeswoman for the fair.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has words of caution for people planning to attend a local fair this summer: Watch out for sick pigs, which could be infected with the H3N2 swine influenza virus. On Friday, the health agency reported 12 new cases of human infection with a variant of the virus, which until now had been detected in just 17 Americans since July 2011. One case was in Hawaii, another was in Indiana and the remaining 10 came from Ohio. The Indiana and Ohio cases were associated with attendence at fairs, "where reportedly ill swine were present," the CDC said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2009 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seema Mehta
Millions of protective masks and gloves will be distributed to schools throughout California to prevent the spread of swine and seasonal flu, state and county officials announced Friday. Purchased with federal grants, the 23 million masks and gloves will be used by ill students as well as the nurses who examine them. "We want to keep students, teachers and staff healthy and in school," said state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. The announcement came as the first of Los Angeles County's final dozen H1N1 flu vaccination clinics opened in Santa Clarita with faster-moving lines as county health officials applied many of the lessons learned from previous clinics, which had been criticized as chaotic and inefficient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Suspected swine flu outbreaks have occurred at several schools in Los Angeles County since classes began, according to health and education officials. "We had expected when schools would open up [that] we would start seeing an increase in flu-like illnesses," said Sarah Kissell, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Public Health. Health officials declined to name the schools because of privacy concerns, but Kissell said outbreaks, defined as at least five suspected H1N1 virus infections, have occurred in recent weeks at two elementary schools, a high school and a university.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
Orange County Fair officials put out a memo last weekend informing employees that a worker had contracted swine flu, stirring talk among some staffers that fair officials may not be doing all that they could to protect them. The unidentified employee who contracted the H1N1 flu was a part-time "parking lead" -- "more of an office employee" who worked Saturday and Sunday morning shifts, said Robin Wachner, a spokeswoman for the fair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
The first three cases of swine flu in Los Angeles County were confirmed Saturday, health officials said. The virus was found in a Cal State Long Beach student who started having flu-like symptoms last weekend, as well as in two other specimens that were sent to a laboratory for testing, said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's director of public health. Fielding said late Saturday that he did not have any additional information on the other two patients, but they apparently were not related to the student in Long Beach.
SCIENCE
April 30, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
As the swine flu outbreak continued to spread to countries around the world, the World Health Organization on Wednesday took the unprecedented step of raising the infectious disease alert level to phase 5, setting the stage for increased efforts to combat the infection. The virus "must be taken seriously because of its ability to spread to every country in the world," WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said at a news conference in Geneva.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Suspected swine flu outbreaks have occurred at several schools in Los Angeles County since classes began, according to health and education officials. "We had expected when schools would open up [that] we would start seeing an increase in flu-like illnesses," said Sarah Kissell, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Public Health. Health officials declined to name the schools because of privacy concerns, but Kissell said outbreaks, defined as at least five suspected H1N1 virus infections, have occurred in recent weeks at two elementary schools, a high school and a university.
WORLD
May 7, 2009 | Reuters
Afghanistan's only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to the zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with swine flu. The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious.
HEALTH
September 13, 2004 | By Ronald D. White
Silvia Cordero eyed the row of disinfecting gels, soaps and hand sanitizers at a Rite Aid in Culver City with the intensity of a drill sergeant preparing troops for a skirmish with the H1N1 flu virus. "They're going in my car, in my desk at work and in my sons' backpacks," the 28-year-old said. "I don't really like the way any of them feel on my skin, but they might help keep us healthy." Concerns about the contagiousness and severity of the H1N1 flu strain have generated a boom in the hand-sanitizer market.
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