SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WKOW) – The Illinois Department of Public Health says a child has contracted a new strain of swine flu.
The health department is encouraging state and county fairgoers to wash their hands frequently around pigs.
The new strain is known as H3N2v and is a variation first discovered last year. The health department says the virus is typically transmitted from swine to humans. The child attended the Coles County Fair. Further testing is being done to try to identify how the child caught the bug. He has not been hospitalized.
The health department and state agriculture department have added hand-washing stations at the Illinois State Fair.
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