A case of H3N2 influenza was reported in Riley County, Kansas in a child who had direct contact with pigs at a county fair. The H3N2 virus is different from the novel pandemic H1N1 virus that does spread among people.
Veterinary experts at Kansas State University say with good hygiene and proper handwashing other fairgoers’ shouldn’t contract the disease.
The Kansas State researchers said that although H3N2 can pass from pigs to humans, it has not been shown to pass from humans to humans easily. However, there is the potential that it could pass from people back to pigs, so workers in swine operations are urged to wear masks and other personal protective equipment when working with the animals.
This virus does not appear to be particularly virulent for humans. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that the child completely recovered.