Canada says pigs found with new swine flu virus

May 2, 2009 4:10:44 PM PDT
Canadian officials say pigs in the province of Alberta have been infected with the new swine flu virus and are under quarantine. It is the first known reported case of the new virus infecting pigs.

Swine flu regularly causes outbreaks in pigs, and the officials stressed that the pigs do not pose a food safety risk.

The officials told a press conference Saturday that the pigs were thought to be infected by a Canadian farm worker who recently visited Mexico and got sick after returning to Canada.

Officials said the traveler has recovered and that the pigs are "well on their way to recovery." They did not say how many pigs were affected.


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