The person who died, and many of those hospitalized, had other high-risk conditions, the ISDH said.
Simple precautions will minimize the risk of infection, officials said. The virus can not be caught by eating pork or pork products, officials stressed.
“If you plan to attend a fair this summer, just be sure to wash your hands frequently and avoid taking food into areas where animals are kept,” State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D., said in a press release.
No vaccination for H3N2v has been approved, but one is being developed. The virus can be treated with antiviral drugs, the ISDH.