July 21, 2009
Report: Canadian H1N1 inspectors bungled
Two Canadian federal health inspectors used the wrong equipment to inspect Alberta pigs for H1N1 flu and contracted the virus themselves, a leaked report says.
A July 2 Alberta Health Services report obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said on April 28, the two inspectors visited a farm that eventually culled 500 hogs infected with the virus also called swine flu, the CBC said.
They stated that they lifted their mask inside the barn to allow the sweat to drip down. They doffed their equipment without assistance, and the face mask was the first piece of equipment to be removed, the report said.
Both inspectors became sick with the flu the next day, the CBC said.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency told the broadcaster all inspectors have since been briefed on proper equipment and procedures.