ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) -- Minnesota has recorded its first confirmed case and a second probable case of a new flu strain that people can catch from pigs.
Health officials said Monday the cases are both in siblings who most likely were exposed when their family visited a live animal market in Dakota County on Aug. 10. Neither child required hospitalization, and both are recovering.
People usually get the new flu strain from pigs rather than people. Over 200 cases have been reported in eight other states, including Wisconsin, mostly in children who exhibited pigs at state or county fairs, or people who visited swine exhibits.
Health officials emphasize this strain does not pose any food safety risk -- there's no evidence anyone can get it by eating pork. The illness also tends to be relatively mild.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2013 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.