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Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the federal government will take whatever measures are necessary to keep the public safe, after confirming six cases of swine flu in Canada.
Four of the cases are in Nova Scotia and another two in British Columbia.
Mexico has had the highest number of swine flu cases since April 13. There have been 22 confirmed deaths from the virus, and another 64 people are suspected to have died from swine flu. In total, more than 1,300 people have become ill.
Federal health officials have confirmed six cases of human swine influenza in British Columbia and Nova Scotia and are warning more cases are likely in the near future, as medical personnel around the world test for the virus linked to a serious outbreak in Mexico.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
So far the only deaths have been reported in Mexico though correct? This is a very interesting story so far but I can't help but think that the media is sending this into overdrive to keep us distracted from something else.
"All cases are the same strain of the human-swine influenza that has been found in the United States and Mexico, and all of the confirmed cases in Canada so far have been mild," Canada's chief public officer of health David Butler-Jones told reporters Tuesday.
MANITOBA hog producers are ramping up safeguards to protect against swine flu since scientific experts still can't pinpoint whether the virus originated in pigs or humans.
Hog barn workers with flu-like symptoms are being told to see a doctor and stay home, while hog producers on are the lookout for any signs of sickness among their herds.
Manitoba's chief veterinarian Dr. Wayne Lees called pigs a "mixing vessel" for flu, since the animal has receptors in its trachea for bird flu and human flu, along with a susceptibility to swine flu. Lees said human flu prefers human hosts, bird flu prefers birds and swine flu normally likes pigs -- but he warned viruses can mutate quickly and jump from species to species.
While the disease is currently spreading from person to person, Lees said there is a concern the virus could crop up in pigs.
Health officials in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Quebec confirmed a spate of new swine flu cases Saturday, boosting the national count to 76. The Nova Scotia Department of Health said lab testing had confirmed 17 new cases in the province. Eleven of the cases are related to the King's-Edgehill school community in Windsor, but the breakdown between students and staff is not known, according to the Nova Scotia Department of Health. Six other cases are outside of the school population.