First Human-to-Pig Swine Flu Transmission Reported in Canada

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.

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6 Responses to First Human-to-Pig Swine Flu Transmission Reported in Canada

  1. feminazi says:

    Despite our medical knowledge, there is so much we don’t understand about viruses. If the 19th century was about creating antibiotics for use by humans to tame a number of diseases, I think the 21st century will be about the virus and how to prevent and treat viral illness.

  2. libhomo says:

    Humans and pigs are much closer genetically than other food animals. That makes enclosed, factory pig farming especially dangerous.

  3. Woodcliffe says:

    I heard a report on the local news that backdates the swine flu outbreak in Mexico to February, 2009.

    If this is true, why did the WHO and CDC cover it up and play a role in bringing the disease to the USA?

    It’s time for these so-called public health agencies to act responsibly and not wait to be told what to do by corporate leaders.

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    I was surprised to learn that this is the first documented case of humans giving pigs the flu.

    Hasn’t Limburgher, Hannity, Beck, Colter, O’Reilly, or Bachmann ever had the flu?

  5. Fran says:

    The CDC is reporting 226 cases confirmed, with one death in Texas, but the child was brought to the US from Mexico.

    I’m baffled as to why it was so deadly in Mexico, but so far not in other places?

    I’m glad it’s not, so far, but I don’t understand how the same strain of virus is producing different results across the borders???

  6. I read somewhere that this strain that’s going around started with pigs that were American owned.Ohio has three confirmed cases , the one kid in Elyria and two college guys in Columbus.

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