By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported a human infection with a novel influenza A virus in mid-October.

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The patient was infected with an influenza A(H3N2) variant (A(H3N2)v) virus.

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The patient is <18 years of age and is recovering from their illness. An investigation by local public health officials found that the patient had swine exposure prior to their illness onset. No person-to-person transmission of A(H3N2)v virus associated with this patient has been identified. The investigation is ongoing.

A total of ten human infections with variant novel influenza A viruses have been reported in the United States in 2022, including five H3N2v (Michigan, New Mexico, West Virginia (3)) and five H1N2v (Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Wisconsin) viruses.

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When an influenza virus that normally circulates in swine (but not people) is detected in a person, it is called a “variant” influenza virus. Most human infections with variant influenza viruses occur following exposure to swine, but human-to-human transmission can occur. It is important to note that in most cases, variant influenza viruses have not shown the ability to spread easily and sustainably from person to person.