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Top 5 Contagion® News Articles for the Week of August 6, 2017

AUG 12, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF

#5: Fighting Back Against Zika: New Research & Tests Added to the Arsenal

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that prevalence of Zika virus in the Americas has been winding down, researchers around the world are still working on learning more about the virus to prevent outbreaks and protect individuals from infection.

One aspect that researchers continue to explore is mode of transmission of the virus. Zika can be sexually transmitted from one individual to his/her sexual partner, and the Florida Department of Health has just confirmed the first sexually-transmitted Zika virus case of 2017, in Pinellas County.

The individual did not report any travel; however, their partner reported recently traveling to Cuba (an area with active Zika virus) and exhibiting symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection. The Florida DOH confirmed that both individuals tested positive for the virus. As a result of these findings, “mosquito reduction activities” are underway in Pinellas County.

Continue reading about new research and tests against the Zika virus, here.
 

#4: 11 Cases of H3N2v Flu Linked With Clinton County Fair in Ohio

Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, sporadic human infections can occur, according to the CDC. When this happens, these viruses are called “variant viruses.” Infections with H3N2v are most commonly associated with prolonged exposure to hogs in fair settings. A total of 12 cases of H3N2v have been reported this year; 18 cases were reported in 2016.

To prevent the spread of the virus between hogs and humans, the CDC recommends the following:
  • Do not take any food or drinks into hog areas, and do not consume anything while in the hog areas
  • Avoid taking toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, or anything similar with you into the hog areas
  • Avoid contact with any hogs that appear ill
  • Wash your hands well with soap and water before and after interacting with hogs
To stay up-to-date on swine flu outbreaks, be sure to check out the Contagion® Outbreak Monitor.

Learn more about the Clinton County Fair swine flu, here.


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