Canadian Pigs Have Swine Flu: Caught From a Worker Returning From Mexico

May 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The U.S. Agriculture Department just announced that pigs on a Canadian farm tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus. The virus was apparently spread from a carpenter who just returned from Mexico. This is the first instance of the swine flu virus in pigs, which has been spreading only from person to person, until now that is. What’s more worrisome, is that it’s now proven that humans can spread H1N1 to pigs.

This new development puts a more serious face on the H1N1 flu epidemic, which may promt the WHO to raise its warning level from a current five to a full 6, indicating a pandemic. The number of confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus have climbed to 787 infected people worldwide.

The pork industry successfully fought back last week, urging governments to stop referring to the current strain of flu as swine flu, and instead call it H1N1, because sales of pork around the globe were dropping like a stone. An industry spokesman noted last week that no cases of pigs infected with the swine flu existed anywhere in the world.

That’s no longer the case, as we now are faced with the situation of the virus spreading from human to pig. With the prospect of the H1N1 virus spreading from pig to human, creating a vicious cycle of flu transmission.

The USDA just yesterday, issued a joint statement with agriculture agencies from Mexico and Canada, noting that no case of the flu virus in swine has been reported, urging other countries to continue to purchase pork products from the three countries.

The USDA now says that the infected swine in Alberta, Canada have been quantined, with no known pig cases outside of Canada. The USDA is advising that people with “flu-like symptoms should not interact with swine, and swine showing influenza symptoms should be kept away from the public.” A H1N1 vaccine is now being developed for pigs.

Meanwhile, it’s known that the infected carpenter, returning from Mexico, exhibited flu-like symptoms and then worked on the Alberta pig farm, infecting the whole swine herd. The man’s family also contracted the H1N1 virus.

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2 Responses to “Canadian Pigs Have Swine Flu: Caught From a Worker Returning From Mexico”

  1. KT D on May 4th, 2009 6:18 pm

    There is so much confusion about the swine flu at this point. Originally, people were continually saying to stop eating pork, etc…even though the pigs weren’t the problem. It looks as if now, pigs could be a problem thanks to the virus in humans. At this point, I’d say it’s still to early to freak out over this one case, but it should be watched (of course). There are other issues with the whole H1N1 scare as well–problems with companies/industries losing business, schools closing down, countries having feuds (i.e. China and Mexico). Sometimes it’s beyond difficult trying to sort all of these separate concerns. I watched an excellent video at newsy.com earlier today. It does a great job of summarizing the main areas of confusion at this point, providing a few different viewpoints in a short video. Take a look:

    http://www.newsy.com/videos/viral_confusion/

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