CDC seeks to educate 4-H youths about flu infections from pigs

CDC seeks to educate 4-H youths about flu infections from pigs

Originally published on MASS Live

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and 4-H to develop "The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak," a graphic novel intended to educate youth audiences about variant flu and the disease detective work required when outbreaks of infectious diseases occur.

Variant flu infections normally circulate in swine and can cause disease in people. While rare, the infections can sometimes lead to serious, even fatal illness.

The CDC says most variant flu infections occur in children exposed to infected pigs or their environments in agricultural fair settings.

The novel's release coincides with a report by the CDC of four new variant virus infections associated with attendance at such fairs in California and Michigan.

All four patients were children under 18 years of age, according to the CDC, were not hospitalized, and are recovering or have fully recovered from their illness. No human-to-human transmission has been identified. These are the first A(H1N2)v virus infections detected in the United States in 2018.

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