Canadas first case of rare H1N2 swine flu variant confirmed in central Alberta – Edmonton Journal

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” Health officials, in conjunction with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, have launched a public health investigation to determine the source of the infection and to validate that no spread took place. The Government of Alberta will continue working carefully with Alberta Health Services, the general public Health Agency of Canada and other partners across Canada.”
At an interview Wednesday afternoon, Hinshaw said the positive case was discovered after the person went to a hospital and was tested for COVID-19. It is basic practice for COVID-19 tests from health centers to also be evaluated for influenza, she stated.
“In fact, this individual was suggested to stay at home for 10 days. So basically (they) followed all the directions that they would have had this been a COVID case, which luckily, are likewise appropriate for preventing onward spread of influenza,” she stated.
Given that the individual evaluated favorable for influenza this early in the season, additional tests were done to figure out the particular strain.
Hinshaw stated officials are still investigating the source of the virus however there is no link to slaughterhouses.
She said the infection is not passed quickly from person to individual and while there have been cases of transmission from close contact in between two people, it has actually not been discovered to spread in the broader community.
The case is the very first of this swine flu version to be found in Canada and only the 27th worldwide because 2005, Hinshaw and Lehman said.