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“Health officials, in conjunction with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry opened a public health survey to determine the source of the virus and verify that no transmission had occurred. The Government of Alberta will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services, the Public Health Authority of Canada and other partners across Canada. “
In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Hinshaw said a positive case was discovered after the person arrived at the hospital and was tested for COVID-19. It is standard practice for COVID-19 tests from hospitals to screen for flu, she said.
“In fact, this individual has been recommended to stay at home for 10 days. So (they) basically followed all the instructions that this was supposed to be the case of COVID which, fortunately, is also suitable for preventing the further spread of the flu, ”she said. .
Since the person tested positive for influenza earlier this season, further tests have been done to identify the specific strain.
Hinshaw said officials are still investigating the source of the virus but has no connection with the slaughterhouses.
She said the virus is not easily transmitted from person to person and although there have been cases of transmission by close contact between two people, it has yet to be found to be capable of spreading within the broader community. than.
This was the first case of this variant of swine flu discovered in Canada and only the 27th case globally since 2005, Hinshaw and Lehman said.