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H1N1/Swine Flu found in Chilean Turkeys - First reported case of human to avian transfer

On 23 Aug 2009 the Institute of Public Health (Chile) announced the first isolation of a A(H1N1) swine virus in turkeys. The finding was done by the Chilean farming agency SAG and the confirmation and genetic studies are being done in Chile's national reference laboratory.

The conclusion of the initial genetic sequencing studies is that the influenza virus (H1N1) isolated from turkey corresponds to a variant of the influenza A(H1N1)2009 virus that has been circulating in Chilean people.

"I think that now we are facing a new scenario where the chances of the influenza A(H1N1)2009 virus passing to birds is not just a possibility but a reality," said Julio Garcia Moreno MD, MSc Head, Biomedical Department, Instituto de Salud FAblica de Chile, in published email on ProMed Mail.

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