Sunday, May 3, 2009
Upsetting the epidemiological apple cart comes this story from our neighbors in the Canadian province of Alberta.
Pigs on a Canadian farm have been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus apparently by a farm worker returning from Mexico. The pigs are now under quarantine, officials said Saturday.
It is the first known case of pigs catching the virus from humans.
Meanwhile, the number of swine cases worldwide rose to 787 early Sunday, according to the latest count from the World Health Organization. So far, 17 countries have at least one confirmed case of the widespread virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has a tally of the states where the virus has been confirmed. According to their latest figures, 21 states have tested positive for H1N1 swine flu. Several states have announced additional confirmed cases, but those were not included in the CDC totals.
New York has the highest number of confirmed cases with 50. Texas has 28 and California has 24. South Carolina with 13. Massachusetts with 8. New Jersey with 7. Arizona and Delaware with 4 each. Illinois and Indiana with three each. Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Michigan and Virginia with 2 each and Connecticut, Kentucky, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio and Rhode Island each have one case.