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SWINE FLU BACK; officials don’t expect 2009 return

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The predominant strain of influenza sweeping through Indiana this year is the same one that caused a nationwide pandemic that resulted in about 40 Indiana deaths in 2009.

But state respiratory epidemiologist Shawn Richards said Monday that this season is different than that outbreak for one chief reason.

"What is different than in 2009 was that this was a novel strain that had not infected humans," Richards said. "Now, we've had a few years around the virus ... Now, it's just considered a typical strain."

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