Hoosier health officials have now confirmed 113 cases of variant influenza A (H3N2v), impacting 18 counties statewide, including Hamilton County, with more cases expected to be confirmed.
The Indiana State Dept. of Health has set up a call center to answer the general public’s questions regarding variant influenza A. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011.
Flu symptoms usually include fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, or runny nose, and possibly other symptoms such as body aches, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms may last anywhere from three to eight days.
Health officials have not determined person to person transmission at this time, but continue to investigate the possibility. Variant Influenza A virus can be directly transmitted from swine to people and from people to swine. Influenza viruses are not transmitted by eating pork and pork products.
Variant influenza A cases have been confirmed in the following counties: Bartholomew, Greene, Hendricks, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Porter, Scott, Tipton, Washington and White.
Additional information regarding influenza can be found online at www.in.gov/isdh/25462.htm.