UK Confirms First Human Case Of Swine Flu Strain H1N2
UK public health officials on Monday said they had confirmed a first human case of a swine flu strain similar toin pigs.
confirmed in an individual who had been tested by their doctor after experiencing respiratory symptoms.
Itnot previously been detected in humans in the country, the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) said.
“This is the first time we have detected this virus in humans in the UK, though it is very similar toin pigs,” said the agency’s incident director Meera Chand.
“We are workingto trace close contacts and spread.”
The individual concerned experienced a mild illnessthe agency said in a statement.
The source of their infection, however, was undetermined and is being investigated.
UKHSA chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said veterinary and scientific knowledgeto support its probe.
Influenza A(H1) viruses are endemicswine populations in most regions of the world.
The H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2 viruses are major subtypes of swine influenza A viruses in pigs.
They occasionally infect humans, usually after direct or indirect exposure to pigs or contaminated environments.
The H1N1 pandemic in 2009 was the first major influenza outbreakthe 21st century.
The official death toll of 18,500 was later revised upwards by The Lancet medical journal to between 151,700 and 575,400 dead.