New cases of a swine flu virus have been spreading across the nation recently.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), cases of the new strand H3N2 have shown up in three states, Hawaii, Indiana and Ohio.
Specifically at state and county fairs. As a result, state health officials have banned pigs from some fairs.
Since July 2011, there have been 29 cases of swine flu, with 15 in Ohio alone. And of those 29 cases, 23 have reported contact with swine prior to the illness. Only three people have been hospitalized. According to the CDC, all of the H3N2 cases have fully recovered.
Officials say pigs get the flu just like humans, and can pass along the potentially deadly virus.
Experts are concerned about an outbreak since most people are not immune to this virus.
The CDC reports the people with the highest risk of contracting the virus are children under 5 years old, people over 65 and pregnant women and people with certain chronic illnesses.
Health officials suggest you wash your hands frequently and be cautious around animals.
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Jessica Solis.