Additional H3N2v cases identified in other states
August 11, 2012
The Iowa Department of Public Health says approximately 150 cases of influenza A H3N2v virus have been identified so far this year in the U.S. Almost all have experienced mild illness, with two hospitalizations and no deaths reported. Most of the cases are occurring in children with direct and indirect contact with swine. No cases have been identified in Iowa this summer.
Influenza surveillance is a year-round activity and laboratories are encouraged to submit any rapid test positive influenza tests to SHL for further testing and subtyping. Specimens from patients who are hospitalized for influenza-like illness should also be submitted, regardless of rapid influenza test results. For questions on specimen submission and testing, call (319) 335-4500 or visit www.shl.uiowa.edu/services/influenza.