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Two strains of flu found in Kanawha County

10/29/2014

The Charleston Gazette
By Lydia Nuzum

Influenza B and Influenza AH3 have been positively identified in the last two weeks, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief medical officer for the KCHD. Diagnoses of different strains of the virus are common during this time of year, he said, and added that getting a vaccine to prevent the flu is the most important means of combating the disease this time of year.

“There’s almost no excuse for avoiding a flu shot. We’ve got egg-free flu shots available. We’ve got the nasal spray, the intradermal shots. All types have arrived,” Gupta said. “People should continue good health care practices like frequently washing their hands and covering their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are three types of flu virus: Influenzas A, B and C. Influenzas A and B are more common than C and have greater potential for more severe symptoms and outbreaks, though neither of the flu viruses identified in Kanawha County in October was the Influenza A H1N1, or “swine flu,” that emerged in 2009, the last cause of a major influenza pandemic.

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