Researchers aren’t sure how it happened, but the H1N2 has mutated in such a way that it has infected an infant in Minnesota who has had no direct contact to swine. A previous human case of H1N2 occurred as a result of the patient having been in contact with swine, but this one seems to have a novel mechanism of action that has left scientists with no answers for now:
The Minnesota Department of Health is minimizing the threat but at the same time, they are saying this is an example of how difficult the flu virus is to pin down. That is also why the threat is always there that a new deadly strain can always emerge.
The H1N2 virus is common in pigs in the Upper Midwest. Until this year, only one case had been ever known to occur in humans and that was in 2007 in Michigan.
This latest case occurred in a Minnesota infant in October. The infant had no direct contact with swine and neither did anyone in his family. That means the case represents a mutation of the flu virus.
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