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Most swine flu hospitalizations were in Ohio

Associated Press • Sep 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

The report released Thursday showed that 11 of 16 people hospitalized in the U.S. for H3N2v this summer were Ohioans. That's 69 percent.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/NTVcIs) reports that 107 cases of the new flu were reported from July 28 through Sept. 25. Dr. Celia Quinn, author of the CDC report, said most cases were fairly mild.

Ohio also had the first and only death in the U.S. associated with the new strain of swine flu, a 61-year-old woman from central Ohio's Madison County.

The woman, whose name was not released, died in August following an illness she contracted after having contact with hogs at the Ross County Fair. The woman had underlying medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The 10 other Ohioans hospitalized with the strain all were children between the ages of 1 and 12. Most of them visited county fairs in late July or early August and were hospitalized for a couple days before being released.

Nationally, 306 cases of the strain have been reported. Indiana had the most cases, with 138 human infections reported.

So far, H3N2v has mostly been associated with swine exhibits at county fairs.

Health officials recommend that members of the public, especially the young and old, avoid contact with swine and be vigilant about washing their hands and avoiding eating or drinking around pigs.

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