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Canada finds first case of rare swine flu variant

Christian Fernsby |
Canada's first H1N2 influenza case was detected in the country's Alberta province last month, according to the Alberta government.

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"A confirmed case of variant Influenza A (H1N2) has been detected in central Alberta," the provincial health department said in a statement.

The virus was detected in mid-October when a patient with influenza like symptoms sought medical treatment.

The case is the 27th in the world since 2005.

This appears to be one isolated case and the only such case reported in Alberta so far this flu season, and there is no increased risk to Albertans at this time, according to the provincial government.

Alberta government is investigating into the source of the virus and verifying that no spread has occurred.

H1N2 is not a food related illness. Its symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, breathing difficulties, eye redness or inflammation and a lack of appetite. It is not transmissible to people through pork meat or other products that come from pigs, according to the statement.


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