Published September 25, 2012 | 10:00 am
Toronto:An Ontario man has contracted a case of influenza A H1N1 – commonly known as the swine flu.
In a statement ,Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said, “An Ontario resident has been confirmed as having been infected with an H1N1 variant (H1N1v) influenza virus. An influenza virus that normally circulates in animals is referred to as a variant virus when it infects humans”.
The adult male patient became ill after close contact with pigs. He is being treated and closely monitored in a hospital in southwestern Ontario.
Health authorities are reminding people about proper cooking of meats, including pork and everybody should remember that hand washing is the single best infection prevention and control measure against respiratory illnesses such as influenza.