Alberta Health Services confirmed four more cases of influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, in Alberta yesterday, which now brings the province’s total to 30.

A male adult and a female child who recently travelled to Mexico are showing mild symptoms of the flu in Edmonton, while another Edmonton male adult with no travel history is also showing mild symptoms of the flu, said Alberta Health Services.

A female from northern Alberta, who has no travel history, is showing mild symptoms, said health officials.

So far 13 cases are from Calgary and eight are from the Edmonton area.

Pigs that have been infected with swine flu could enter the human food supply once the animals recover and can be shown to pose no threat, health officials said yesterday.

Officials spelled out their intentions after the World Health Organization cautioned yesterday that meat from pigs infected with swine flu should not be used for human consumption.

However, it wasn’t immediately clear if WHO’s statement applied to animals that had recovered from the illness.

Authorities said they would allow all “virus-negative” pigs into the food supply, whether an animal never had the swine flu virus or had recovered from it, if they determine those pigs pose no danger to human beings.
with files from reuters

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