Canadian well being authorities on Wednesday reported the nation’s first case of a human contaminated with the H1N2 virus, a uncommon pressure of swine flu.
The case, detected within the western province of Alberta in mid-October, seems to be remoted “and there is no increased risk to Albertans at this time,” native well being officers mentioned in an announcement.
“This is the only influenza case reported in Alberta so far this flu season,” the assertion learn.
It added that the unnamed affected person skilled delicate influenza-like signs, “was tested and then quickly recovered. There is no evidence at this time that the virus has spread further.”
Canadian well being officers are trying into the place the virus got here from, and to confirm that it has not unfold.
Since 2005 solely 27 instances worldwide have been reported of individuals contaminated with the H1N2 — to not be confused with the extra frequent H1N1 swine flu virus. There have been no instances in Canada previous to this one.
The H1N2 pressure will not be a food-related sickness and it’s not transmissible to people by consuming pork or different pig merchandise, officers mentioned.
“This a rare type of flu in humans, typically acquired from exposure to infected pigs and not known to spread easily from human to human,” Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, wrote on Twitter.