Navigation Links
Swine flu monitoring needed for farm workers, study says
Date:2/11/2008

A University of Alberta study recommends that workers on pig farms be monitored as part of influenza pandemic preparedness, after a child on a communal farm in Canada was diagnosed with swine flu in 2006.

Though the seven-month-old boy made a full recovery, health researchers were concerned because of evidence that the virus spread to other members of the multi-family community, who, fortunately, all demonstrated mild or no apparent illness. It has been known for a long time that avian and swine strains of flu can spread to humans, with avian strains appearing to be more dangerous than swine strains; as of late 2007, the avian flu had killed 194 people in 321 cases reported worldwide.

Of the 90 people on the farm tested by the University of Alberta and a team of other researchers with provincial and federal health agencies, 54 were tested for positivity to the flu strain, thought to be of swine origin. Besides the baby boy, four of seven other household members and four of 46 other people living on the farm tested positive. The strain of flu was also detected in one of 10 young pigs on the farm. The child apparently had no direct contact with the swine.

The concern is that swine viral strains could adapt into a form that results in efficient human-to-human transmission, said Dr. Joan L. Robinson, a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, a pediatrician at the Stollery Childrens Hospital, and lead author of the study, which was published recently in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Swine flu in humans is under-recognized in Canada, but it has the capacity to become a problem, she added. Early recognition that swine strains are becoming more virulent might expedite both implementation of ideal infection control precautions for symptomatic cases and vaccine development.

Rather than workers on livestock farms being responsible for recognizing their own flu symptoms, there should be a public health program in place that leads to specific measures if an unexpected number or severity of cases of flu-like illness occur in swine workers. No health program targeting swine workers currently exists, Robinson notes.


'/>"/>

Contact: Bev Betkowski
beverly.betkowski@ualberta.ca
780-492-3808
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. System Planning Corporation Launches New Asset Tracking and Monitoring System to Meet Pharmaceutical Industry Needs
2. IntegriChain Enlists Ed Casey and Associates to Drive Counterfeit and Diversion Monitoring Service
3. Transcutaneous cervical esophageal ultrasound can not substitute for 24-h pH monitoring or manometry
4. Axeda Selected for Remote Monitoring and Service of Automation Technologies
5. Singulex Announces Presentation on Monitoring of Cardiac Biomarker to Assess Transient Myocardial Ischemia at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
6. Novant Health(R) Selects Cardiocom(R) to Provide Telemonitoring for Presbyterian Hospital Heart Failure Program
7. Cavidi Signs Agreement With the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative to Lower Costs of HIV Monitoring
8. Statement of Steve Pasierb, President and CEO, Partnership for a Drug-Free America on the Release of the 2007 Monitoring the Future Study
9. Gary Tschautscher of Nonin Medical, Inc. Receives CEO of 2007 for North American Patient Monitoring From Frost & Sullivan
10. EaglePicher Technologies Introduces First Implantable Medical Cell Designed Specifically for Monitoring Applications
11. Bergen County (NJ) Early Adopter of Health Monitoring Systems Mergence(TM) Healthcare Data Integration Engine
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... While it’s often important to take certain medications during ... Austin, Texas, has identified a solution. , She developed a prototype for MOTION LIGHT-UP ... such, it eliminates the need to turn on a light when taking medication during ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and Nutrition Company, is ... to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD market by reducing ... easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. , The team ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes in the delivery ... as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple Rehab participated with ... Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP). ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for ... for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in ... reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, actor Rob ... sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational ... and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... CAESAREA, Israel and NEW YORK , Sept. ... company with mobile health and big data solutions, today announced that its ... today. Please check your local TV listings for when The Dr. Oz ... ... ninth season this month. ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) announced ... from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ... for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid ... data are needed to further evaluate the safety of ... RA. "We ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a non-invasive, robotically assisted, platform therapy that uses ... today:   ... Jim ... Tom Tefft ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , PhD, who has led R&D and business ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: