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Influenza A Confirmed In Erie Pennsylvania
Recombinomics Commentary 10:30
September 15, 2011

An adult with Type A influenza was reported to the Erie County Department of Health on Monday, said Charlotte Berringer, R.N., the department's director of community health.

"It's the earliest case I have seen in my nine years of following flu," Berringer said. "Other than the year we had H1N1 (2009), when flu cases never stopped."

The above comments raise concerns of additional trH3N2 cases in Pennsylvania.  The latest influenza update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health reports no activity for the first two weeks of September, but does note the trH3N2 cases.

Influenza A cases should be sub-typed.  Two of the four trH3n2 cases have been reported as unsubtypable, but as reported above, many cases are not tested beyond an influenza A test.

Sub-typing of influenza A cases, especially in western Pennsylvania at this time of year, is critical for determining the spread of trH3N2. 

The CDC emphasis on cases with swine links continues tio raise pandemic concerns.


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