By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports on a a human case of infection with an influenza
A(H1N1)v virus in Germany recently.

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The individual infected is a 17-year-old boy from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania who developed an
influenza-like illness onset on 18 April 2021.

The virus was confirmed with genome sequencing conducted at the National Influenza Centre (NIC) at the Robert Koch Institute in a sample collected as part of routine sentinel surveillance. Sequencing indicated the virus belonged to the Eurasian avian-like (EA) lineage of swine influenza A viruses, specifically clade 1C.2.1.

The patient worked on a swine farm a few days prior to illness onset. After developing respiratory symptoms, he was isolated as SARS-CoV-2 infection was suspected. There were no symptoms in other workers at the farm or other members of the case’s family and the case has recovered. Further animal health and virological investigations are ongoing.