April 27, 2009

Swine Flu in Canada

Canada is the third country to confirm human cases of swine flu. There were already six cases of swine flu reported.
Nova Scotia's chief public health officer, Dr. Robert Strang, said the east coast Canadian province had confirmed four "very mild" cases of swine flu in students ranging in age from 12 to 17 or 18. All are recovering, he said.

"It was acquired in Mexico, brought home and spread," Strang said.

The western province of British Columbia confirmed two further cases.

It was said to be acquired in Mexico. Read the full story from news.yahoo.com

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people. Read more about swine flu here

For more information about swine flu in Canada and how the Government of Canada is handling the situation, visit Public Health Agency of Canada's official website, www.phac-aspc.gc.ca