(Ca) Ontario Man Infected with Influenza After Contact with Hogs
- ONTARIO MAN INFECTED WITH INFLUENZA AFTER CONTACT WITH HOGS
Feedstuffs Foodlink, October 1, 2012
Ontario hospital treating man infected with influenza virus after contact with hogs*
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health said this morning that a man is being treated in the province for an influenza virus normally circulating in the hog population.
Dr. Arlene King said, "An Ontario resident has been confirmed as having been infected with an H1N1 variant (H1N1v) influenza virus. An influenza virus that normally circulates in animals is referred to as a variant virus when it infects humans. This adult male patient became ill after close contact with pigs. He is being treated and closely monitored in a hospital in southwestern Ontario."
This is not the same variety of the influenza virus, which is behind several hundred infections in the United States, according to wire service reports. That variety of influenza is the H3N2 variant. Incidents of that variant in people in contact with swine has never been detected in Canada.
King attempted to reassure the population that they face virtually no risk from this incident.
"I would like to reassure Ontarians that this variant influenza virus rarely spreads from animals to humans. Subsequent human-to-human transmission is also rare. I would also like to stress that this is not a food safety issue; the consumption of properly cooked pork continues to be safe. Proper cooking of meats, including pork, kills all bacteria and viruses," she said in a statement.
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