Archives of Virology

, Volume 148, Issue 4, pp 793–802

Human infection by a swine influenza A (H1N1) virus in Switzerland

Authors

  • V. Gregory
    • National Institute for Medical Research, London, U.K.
  • M. Bennett
    • National Institute for Medical Research, London, U.K.
  • Y. Thomas
    • National Influenza Center, Central Laboratory of Virology, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • L. Kaiser
    • National Influenza Center, Central Laboratory of Virology, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • W. Wunderli
    • National Influenza Center, Central Laboratory of Virology, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • H. Matter
    • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Bern, Switzerland
  • A. Hay
    • National Institute for Medical Research, London, U.K.
  • Y. P. Lin
    • National Institute for Medical Research, London, U.K.
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00705-002-0953-9

Cite this article as:
Gregory, V., Bennett, M., Thomas, Y. et al. Arch Virol (2003) 148: 793. doi:10.1007/s00705-002-0953-9

Summary.

 The isolation of A/Switzerland/8808/2002 provides further evidence of sporadic human infection by contemporary swine influenza A H1N1 viruses, antigenically and genetically distinct from H1N1 viruses circulating in the human population. Together with the recent emergence of human-swine-avian reassortant viruses in pig populations in Europe and North America, frequent transmission between swine and human populations emphasises the potential for the emergence in pigs of novel subtypes with the capacity to cause major human epidemics.

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