Worker in Canada May Have Infected Pigs With Flu

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2009 8:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Canadian officials quarantined a pig herd in Alberta today, saying a worker who had visited Mexico apparently infected the swine with H1N1, the Calgary Herald reports. But health officers are playing down what may be the first case of person infecting a pig with swine flu. “The chance that these pigs could transfer the virus to a person is remote," one said.

Canada has 85 confirmed cases of swine flu, most in Nova Scotia. All patients there are experiencing mild symptoms. “None of these people have been hospitalized," said the province's top public health officer. “Outside of Mexico, in Canada, the swine flu is a mild disease.”