Amidst all of the daily COVID-19 updates and numbers, two separate cases of rare flu variants in Manitoba were reported on Friday, April 30.

A(H1N2)v and A(H1N1)v are flu variants that are typically found in pigs. The Manitoba Government reports that "while rare, influenza can spread from pigs to people and from people to pigs."

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According to the provincial government's press release, earlier in the month, these two individuals sought testing independently after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms. Their results came back negative for COVID-19, and through "regular influenza surveillance processes" it was determined that they had contracted cases of human influenza A(H1N2)v and A(H1N1)v.

Provincial officials say that there is no increased risk to people in the area, as there is apparently no evidence of human-to-human transmission at this time. They also note that it is not possible to contract these influenza viruses through the consumption of pork and other pork products, so there is no worry or risk in eating pork at this time.

Cases of A(H1N2)v and A(H1N1)v are rare; the last reported cases in Canada of each were in 2020 and 2012, respectively.

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