USDA has answers on swine relationship to hybrid influenza

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By Janie Gabbett on 4/27/2009


USDA on Monday answered frequently asked questions on the relationship between swine and the hybrid swine, avian and human influenza virus that has killed more than 100 people in Mexico and infected some people in the United States and in other countries.

Although being called "swine flu" the new strain is actually a hybrid and the outbreak has not been linked to swine at this point.

"To date, there have been no reports that in influenza virus currently causing illness in humans is circulating anywhere in the U.S. swine herd," USDA stated.

To guard against herd infection, USDA has put commercial pork producers "on a high alert for safety," warning them to intensify bio-security practices already in place.

Click here to read USDA's FAQ in its entirety.


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