Saturday, May 1, 2021

Swine flu detected in two Manitobans

Public health officials in Manitoba say two people were sickened with different strains of swine flu, but neither presents any risk to the public.

Their infections were detected when they went for COVID-19 testing because they were experiencing symptoms.

The cases were found in early April and there have been none since. One was the HiN2 strain, the other H1N1. Both are rare.

“It’s an isolated case,” said Dr. Scott Zaari, Manitoba’s chief veterinary officer. The pigs were not sick.

One of the people had direct interaction with pigs, while the other had only indirect contact. 

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, said the cases were probably caught because of increased public concerns over flu-like symptoms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Both people recovered after mild symptoms.