Date: May 2, 2009 8:46:14 PM EDT
Health authorities have confirmed the presence of H1N1 in Alberta
pigs, and say the virus may have jumped from a farm worker to the
animals, in what could be the first case of human-to-animal
transmission of the virus.
Dr. Brian Evans, of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said a
Canadian returned from Mexico on April 12, and began work at an
Alberta swine farm on April 14.
"This person was exhibiting flu-like symptoms following the return,
and may have exposed swine on the farm to an influenza virus," said
Evans. "I can tell you that the traveler has recovered."
It was later confirmed that the pigs were, in fact, infected with the
same H1N1 virus spreading around the world.
"We have determined that the virus H1N1, found in these pigs, is the
virus which is being tracked in the human population," said Evans.
The animals are now recovering, and the herd has been placed in
Evans said it is not uncommon for influenza to jump from humans to
pigs. He also said there is no evidence humans can get H1N1 from
eating pork, and urged against any bans of Canadian products.
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