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
"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.