First Swine Flu Virus Found in Humans, What Signs? Lifestyle – 51 minutes ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The British government announced the discovery of the first case of type A(H1N2)v flu in humans, last Monday (27/11/2023). A(H1N2)v is a virus that infects pigs.

Launching from Channel News Asiathe UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that the case was detected during routine national flu surveillance activities.

“This is the first time we have detected this virus in humans in the UK and it is very similar to the virus that has been detected in pigs,” said UKHSA incident director, Meera Chand, quoted Thursday (30/11/2023).

Quoting from CBC, the confirmed swine flu patient experienced fairly mild symptoms and was able to recover. However, the source of transmission of this first case is still unknown.

Currently, close contacts with the first case patient are being monitored and followed up by health authorities.

“We are working quickly to trace close contacts and reduce the potential spread,” Chand said.

Apart from that, England is also increasing vigilance by increasing surveillance in operating rooms and hospitals in the northern region of England, North Yorkshire.

UKHSA stated that based on preliminary information, the infections recently detected in the UK differ from around 50 other human cases of the strain found elsewhere around the world since 2005.

For information, H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2 are the main subtypes of swine flu viruses in pigs and are capable of infecting humans. Generally, humans become infected after direct or indirect exposure to pigs or a contaminated environment.

In 2009, swine flu became a pandemic and infected millions of people. It is caused by a virus that contains genetic material from viruses circulating in pigs, birds and humans.

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