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H1N2 Swine Flu Reported in Alberta, Canada

Agricultural and health officials in Canada have reported a human case of Swine Influenza (H1N2) in Central Alberta.

Agricultural and health officials in Canada have reported a human case of Swine Influenza (H1N2) in Central Alberta.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw explained that the isolated case happened in mid-October and that there is no evidence of transmission beyond the one person who contracted the virus.

“All (past cases) have been linked to direct or indirect contact with swine, and none of the previously reported cases have caused sustained human-to-human transmission,” said Hinshaw.

The positive case was discovered after the patient went to a local hospital to get himself tested for COVID-19 after displaying influenza symptoms.

H1N2 is rare in humans but normal in pigs, where it is known to cause breathing difficulties and fever.

Health officials, in conjunction with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, announced that they have launched a public health investigation to determine the source of the virus and to verify that no further contamination occurred. 

H1N2 is not a food-related illness and is not transmissible through pork meat or pork products.

Only 27 cases of H1N2  were reported around the world since 2005. and this instance is the first reported case in Canada.

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