Although several states have experienced H3N2v influenza virus infections recently, no cases of H3N2v influenza virus have been detected in Oregon, either among humans or pigs.
The CDC has made the following recommendations:
- minimize contact with swine and swine barns;
- wash hands frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to animals;
- avoid eating or drinking in animal areas;
- avoid close contact with animals that look or act ill and
- inform your health care provider if you experience influenza-like symptoms following direct or close contact with pigs.
Persons who are at high risk for influenza complications (e.g., underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or neurological conditions, or who are pregnant or younger than 5 years, older than 65 years of age or have weakened immune systems) should:
- avoid exposure to pigs and swine barns this summer, especially if ill pigs have been identified; and
- see their health care provider promptly to determine if treatment with antiviral medications is warranted.
Influenza and pork food products
Influenza viruses have not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork or other products derived from pigs.