Wednesday, September 26, 2012

H1N1 variant influenza virus - Investigating an illness

September 25, 2012
The Public Health Agency of Canada is assisting the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in investigating a Canadian case infected with an H1N1 variant influenza A virus. This virus is genetically similar to a virus that is found in swine.

The public health risk is considered low, as there has been no evidence so far to support that this virus would be able to spread from person to person. It is not the same virus that caused the pandemic in 2009.

The Agency's National Microbiology Laboratory positively identified the virus by testing samples from the affected person.

The Agency is also assisting by notifying international partners through an established standard process under the International Health Regulations.

More information about the investigation into this case of illness is available through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term CareExternal link.

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