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on August 25, 2009

H1N1 isolated in breeder turkeys has human connection

Full genomic sequence is yet to be determined

A report in the Daily Influenza Digest confirmed that the influenza strain H1N1 isolated from breeder turkeys in Chile is identical to the 2009 novel pandemic influenza strain circulating in humans throughout the world.

The full genomic sequence is yet to be determined but the health secretary of Chile said the strain did not represent a mutation. The affected flocks showed a 70% depression in egg production.

Concurrent influenza-A infection among humans, pigs and turkeys in close contact has been recorded in a few countries, confirming that humans suffering from influenza or suspected of being infected should not have either direct or indirect contact with poultry or livestock.   

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