LAKE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A Lake County resident with flu like symptoms has been confirmed with Influenza H3N2v. It's reported the victim is a child, however the Lake County General Health Department will not identify the victim.
This individual is recovering from their illness and is at home.
A public health investigation is being conducted to identify if there was any contact with sick animals or other persons who may have had influenza symptoms. The investigation so far has not demonstrated any connection to the Lake County Fair or any other Ohio Fair.
Across Ohio, many activities go on to help us learn more about the H3N2v virus.
- Physicians test individuals they suspect may have influenza.
- Public Health monitors for reports of illness. They work with persons diagnosed with this type of influenza to identify possible contacts and determine how transmission may have occurred. These activities help us learn more about this newly identified influenza virus-
To date, individuals most likely became ill with the flu virus after exposure to swine. Some limited human-to-human passage of the virus has been confirmed.
There are steps the public can take to reduce the risk of transmission;
- Wash hand frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to any animals;
- Never eat or drink around animals, or bring any outside foods into animal areas;
- Young children, older adults, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems should take extra care around animals;
- Those currently experiencing flu-like symptoms should avoid contact with animals; and
- Avoid contact with animals that appear or act ill.
Those that have had direct, routine contact with swine and develop flu-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Healthcare providers will determine whether influenza testing and possible treatment are needed.