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The United Kingdom has confirmed its first human case of the A(H1N2)v flu strain, a virus akin to one presently found in pigs. The individual affected by this flu strain experienced only mild symptoms and has since fully recovered.

This case was identified through the UK’s routine flu surveillance practices, and the origin of the infection remains unknown, as reported by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

UKHSA Incident Director Meera Chand stated, “This is the first time we have detected this virus in humans in the UK, though it is very similar to viruses that have been detected in pigs.” Chand added that UKHSA is closely monitoring the situation and has intensified surveillance in medical facilities and surgeries, particularly in North Yorkshire, where the case was identified.

Digging Deeper:
The 2009 swine flu pandemic, which affected millions globally, was linked to a virus containing genetic elements from pig, bird, and human viruses. The UKHSA has noted that the recently detected A(H1N2)v strain in the UK appears to be different from the approximately 50 other human cases of the strain reported worldwide since 2005. The health authorities are conducting follow-ups with close contacts of the affected individual to ensure comprehensive monitoring and response to this novel flu case.


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