Alberta public well being and agriculture officers are investigating after the primary case in Canada of a uncommon swine flu variant was detected final month in a central Alberta affected person.
The case is simply the 27th on this planet since 2005, Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Deena Hinshaw stated in a joint assertion Wednesday with Dr. Keith Lehman, chief provincial veterinarian.
“A confirmed case of variant Influenza A (H1N2)v has been detected in central Alberta,” Hinshaw and Lehman stated within the assertion.
“This presently seems to be one remoted case and there’s no elevated threat to Albertans right now. That is the one influenza case reported in Alberta to this point this flu season.”
Hinshaw and Lehman will speak extra in regards to the case at a information convention at midday Wednesday.
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Hinshaw and Lehman stated the virus was detected in mid-October when a affected person with influenza-like signs sought medical therapy.
“The affected person skilled delicate signs, was examined after which rapidly recovered,” they stated. “There isn’t a proof right now that the virus has unfold additional.”
Public well being investigation underway
Well being officers, working with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, have launched a public well being investigation to find out the supply of the virus and to confirm that no unfold occurred.
The province stated it’s going to proceed working intently with Alberta Well being Providers, the Public Well being Company of Canada and different companions throughout Canada.
“AHS will proactively supply influenza testing to residents in elements of central Alberta if they’re presenting for COVID-19 testing at an AHS evaluation centre,” the assertion stated. “This testing can be elective and helps our ongoing influenza surveillance within the area.
“We’re taking this severely, however Albertans ought to know that sporadic circumstances of variant influenza have been reported over the previous decade in North America.
“Variant Influenza A (H1N2) is uncommon with solely 27 circumstances reported globally since 2005, and no circumstances in Canada previous to this one.”
The assertion stated H1N2 is just not a food-related sickness and isn’t transmissible to folks by way of pork meat or different merchandise that come from pigs. There isn’t a threat related to consuming pork, the assertion stated.