The first case in Ontario of a human contracting the H1N1 variant influenza virus from a pig has been confirmed by the province’s Chief Medical Officer.
Today, Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement on a case of influenza A H1N1 variant detected in Ontario:
“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.”
For the full news release, click here.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has also posted their fact sheet on the H1N1v in English and French.