Animals not playing a role in H1N1 pandemic: O.I.E.
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(MEATPOULTRY.com, July 16,
by MEAT&POULTRY Staff
PARIS Although the
pandemic H1N1 2009 virus continues spreading among humans throughout
the world, there is no evidence animals are playing any role in the
epidemiology or spread of the virus, iterates the World Organization
for Animal Health (O.I.E.).
The O.I.E. is
expanding its current Reference Laboratories for avian influenza to
include expertise on all animal influenza viruses and emphasize research
on the behavior of these viruses at the human-animal interface. The
O.I.E./F.A.O. global network O.F.F.L.U. already extended its scope of
actions by including influenza viruses diagnosis and research in pigs.
O.I.E. considers the
recommendations issued since the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus first arrived
services must effectively monitor animal populations for clinical signs
of respiratory disease, use appropriate confirmation diagnostic methods
and rapidly report occurrences of the disease in animals, if any, to
the O.I.E. by using the qualification of "emerging disease".
Should the presence
of the "pandemic H1N1 2009 virus" be detected on a farm, the
holding should be placed under surveillance and control of movements
should be applied; the transfer of pigs from the farm to the
slaughterhouse can be done using basic bio-security measures.
Culling pigs will
not help to guard against public or animal health risks presented by
the virus. As for any other disease, slaughtering of sick pigs for
human consumption is not recommended.
related to importing pigs and pig products from countries with human or
animal cases are pointless and do not comply with international
standards published by the O.I.E. and all other competent standard
setting international bodies for animal health and food safety.
Should any country
decide to cull pigs on the basis of the principle of precaution,
culling should always be carried out in accordance with O.I.E. international
standards on animal welfare and killing methods for disease control
purposes (Volume 1; Section 7; Chapter 7.6 of the Terrestrial Animal
Pork and pork
products, handled in accordance with good hygienic practices jointly
recommended by the W.H.O., F.A.O., Codex Alimentarius Commission and
the O.I.E, are not a source of infection from the virus.