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The CDC has released the results of a study covering several years that has looked at the issue of swine being displayed at county fairs and their interaction with humans in terms of the bi-directional spread of influenzas.

This is a good study and goes some way to explaining many of the questions that have arisen from this years outbreak of H3N2v that has been associated with those fairs.

But there are still some questions that need to be answered.

Subclinical Influenza Virus A Infections in Pigs Exhibited at Agricultural Fairs, Ohio, USA, 2009–2011

Andrew S. Bowman , Jacqueline M. Nolting, Sarah W. Nelson, and Richard D. Slemons

Author affiliations: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Abstract
Agricultural fairs are associated with bidirectional, interspecies transmission of influenza virus A between humans and pigs. We examined pigs exhibited at agricultural fairs in Ohio during 2009–2011 for signs of influenza-like illness and collected nasal swab specimens from a representative subset of these animals. Influenza virus A was recovered from pigs at 12/53 (22.6%) fairs during the 3-year sampling period. Pigs at 10/12 (83.3%) fairs from which influenza virus A was recovered did not show signs of influenza-like illness. Hemagglutinin, neuraminidase, and matrix gene combinations of the isolates were consistent with influenza virus A concurrently circulating among swine herds in the United States. Subclinical influenza virus A infections in pigs at agricultural fairs may pose a risk to human health and create challenges for passive surveillance programs for influenza virus A in swine herds.


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