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Winnipeg Medics Might Have Contracted Swine Flu from Patients

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada — Winnipeg paramedics who transported northern Manitoba patients suspected of having swine flu might have contracted the H1N1 influenza A virus that causes the illness.

The Manitoba Government Employees Union (MGEU) said two emergency medical technicians who picked up the patients at the airport in Winnipeg weren’t given any advance warning about the possibly infectious disease and, consequently, weren’t wearing the necessary protective gear.

As a result, many more people may have been exposed, said MGEU Local 911 president Chris Broughton.

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