Weber County resident tests positive for novel flu virus

Posted at 11:14 AM, Apr 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-12 02:23:55-04

WEBER COUNTY -- A Weber County resident is one of 13 people in the United States who tested positive for a novel influenza virus in the past year.

The A/H3N2v virus is genetically similar to viruses that circulate in pigs.

"Fortunately, this individual is getting better," said Gary House, director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department. "We know there have been 12 other cases with in the past year in the United States that have also fully recovered. We are working with the CDC, the Utah Department of Health and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to determine how the individual was exposed to this particular flu virus."

The Weber County resident was not hospitalized and recovered at home. House reminds the community to take preventive measures such as covering coughs and sneezes, staying at home while ill and washing hands frequently.