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Swine Flu Reported in Two Children; Doctors Warned

by 5m Editor
22 April 2009, at 8:56am

CALIFORNIA, US - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published case reports of two children in southern California who became ill as the result of a new form of the H1N1 swine influenza virus in March and April 2009.

On 17 April 2009, CDC determined that two cases of febrile respiratory illness occurring in children who resided in adjacent counties in southern California were caused by infection with a swine influenza A (H1N1) virus.

The viruses from the two cases are closely related genetically, resistant to amantadine and rimantadine, and contain a unique combination of gene segments that previously has not been reported among swine or human influenza viruses in the United States or elsewhere.

Neither child had contact with pigs; the source of the infection is unknown.

Investigations to identify the source of infection and to determine whether additional persons have been ill from infection with similar swine influenza viruses are ongoing.

Further Reading

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Further Reading

- Find out more information on swine influenza in pigs by clicking here.