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Influenza A (H3N2) (swine flu) (Human) in Canada

05 Jan 2017

On 28 December 2016 the mediaLink reported that on 16 December 2016 the World Health Organisation was notified of a human case of influenza A(H3N2) variant virus in Canada. Influenza viruses that normally circulate in pigs are called variant viruses when they are found in people.

The case had confirmed exposure to ill swine on a farm and developed on 24 October 2016. The case was hospitalised on 8 November 2016 with the diagnosis of pneumonia, and has now recovered. The exact location in Canada was not reported.

Advice for Travellers

Those planning to attend a setting where pigs will be present should take the following precautions:

  • Avoid taking food or drink into pig areas; don’t eat, drink or put anything in your mouth in pig areas.
  • Avoid close contact with pigs that look or act ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water before and after exposure to pigs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Take protective measures if you must come in contact with pigs that are known or suspected to be sick. This includes minimising contact with pigs and wearing personal protective equipment like protective clothing, gloves and masks that cover your mouth and nose when contact is required.