Ottawa, Ontario (AHN) - Poultry at the farms owned by Hybrid Turkeys have the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, prompting Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arlene King to recommend for livestock workers to immediately get vaccinated against swine flu. King's advice is timely since Health Canada approved on Wednesday Arepanrix, a vaccine against the H1N1 virus.
The approval declares the adjuvanted vaccine safe and effective for use across the country. Arepanrix is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said in a statement, "This is a milestone in our efforts to fight the pandemic H1N1 flu virus. Thanks to careful planning we now have a safe and effective vaccine being distributed to provinces and territories that they will be rolling out in a matter of days. I encourage all Canadians to get vaccinated because it is the best way to protect our health and the health of our loved ones."
King said tests have confirmed the virus discovered in the turkeys is the same found in humans. Of the 19 farm workers interviewed by Ontario's health unit, one person had the swine flu symptoms. Hybrid Turkey said the virus is limited to one barn which has 3,500 birds.
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