Zoonotic Influenza – Canada
Two unlinked individuals were confirmed with human influenza A(H1N2)v and A(H1N1)v respectively in early April, in Manitoba, Canada. Both individuals have had either direct or indirect exposure to pigs.
Both patients had mild symptoms.
The government is calling for precautions to prevent transmission of influenza viruses between humans and pigs.
Photo: H1N1 virus colorized electron micrograph.
Swine influenza is probably the most famous zoonotic influenza. It is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H2N1, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3. These are relatively new strains of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu.
Swine flu made headlines in 2009 when it was first discovered in humans and became a pandemic.
While you are here, help us with
Access to Diagnostics
Much of today’s innovation is either not reaching or not suitable for people in developing countries.
Access to Essential Drugs
One third of children, women and men have no access to essential medicines, putting lives at risk.
Data to Improve Health
Faster and reactive systems to help provide lifesaving support to vulnerable communities.
Support our work. It only takes a minute but makes a world of difference!
With your help we can bring modern diagnostics and essential medicines to people in need, track disease outbreaks better and help prevent future pandemics.