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  • Canada's first case of rare swine flu variant found in central Alberta patient

    Alberta public health and agriculture officials are investigating after the first case in Canada of a rare swine flu variant was detected last month in a central Alberta patient.

    The case is only the 27th in the world since 2005, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said in a joint statement 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 said in the statement.

    "This currently appears to be one isolated case and there is no increased risk to Albertans at this time. This is the only influenza case reported in Alberta so far this flu season."

    At a news conference Wednesday, Hinshaw said the virus was detected in mid-October when a patient with influenza-like symptoms sought medical treatment at a hospital emergency department.

    "We are taking this seriously, as any human infection with a non-seasonal influenza virus needs to be followed up under our international obligations," she said.

    A sample collected from the patient was tested for influenza and for COVID-19 as part of a routine process, Hinshaw said.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmon...shaw-1.5789440
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