Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flu shots urged for Canadian livestock workers

OTTAWA — To reduce the risk of the H1N1 virus mutating, livestock workers were pressed Tuesday to get their flu shots following the discovery of a turkey flock with the illness.
The outbreak at a farm owned by Hybrid Turkeys near Kitchener, Ont., poses no risk to human health, officials said at a news conference, but they warned about the dangers of viruses moving back and forth between humans and animals.
“We have to do all we can to stop the transmission of viruses between people and animals,” said Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s top medical officer. “The risk is potential changes to the virus, against which people could have reduced or low immunity”...
Picture Left:Livestock farmers should line up for their flu shots as soon as they are available, Ontario public-health officials emphasized Tuesday after confirming a flock of turkeys at a farm in that province has contracted the H1N1 flu virus.
Photograph by: Nigel Roddis, Reuters

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