Zoonotic Influenza – Canada

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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.

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