Chile's health ministry has confirmed the first reports of the H1N1 virus spreading from people to turkeys on two farms, as reported by the Associated Press. The farms are located outside the city of Valparaiso.

The farms have been quarantined, the World Health Organization has been alerted and all safety measures available are being taken to prevent further spread of the disease.

Chile's Institute of Public Health said that the detection of the virus raises the "possibility that this may happen in Asia or Africa under conditions of co-infection with H5N1 virus."