Six people have been diagnosed with swine flu in Maryland.
Five children and one adult got sick after contact with pigs at four farms in Queen Anne’s County. Pigs tested at those farms were found to have the same strain. The pigs will undergo additional testing.
The patients did not have to be hospitalized.
The strain is the same that has been found recently in eight other states, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania. It was first detected last year, and beginning in July, there have been 224 reported cases, eight hospitalizations and no deaths. Most patients have been children, and most cases were a result of direct contact with pigs, though there are some cases of it spreading from person-to-person.
Maryland Department of Agriculture animal health inspectors are monitoring pigs more closely at fairs around the state.
Swine flu symptoms are the same as the seasonal flu, including fever, sore throat and coughing.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offered tips for preventing the spread of swine flu.
The spread of flu between people can be prevented by:
The spread between pigs and humans can be prevented by:
More information on swine flu is available from the Centers for Disease Control.