More cases of swine flu linked to fair's pig barn

Two more cases of presumptive swine flu have been linked to the Minnesota State Fair. The Minnesota Department of Health says this is the first human infection of the H3n2v strain linked to the fair. The other cases involving the same strain were linked to a live animal market in Dakota County.
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Two children that visited the Minnesota State Fair's pig barn have become ill with presumptive cases of swine flu, H3N2v, the Associated Press says. Both the school-aged girl from the Twin Cities and preschool boy from greater Minnesota have recovered. It's possible the boy was exposed on his family's farm.

This is the first human infection of the H3N2v strain linked to the fair, the Department of Health said in a news release. Four confirmed or presumptive human cases of a different strain, H1N2v, were linked to the fair as well.

Three confirmed or probable cases of H3N2v have been linked to a live animal market in Dakota County.

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