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Monday, April 27, 2009

Facts About Swine Influenza

Swine Flu- is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. Swine flu viruses cause high levels of illness and low death rates in pigs. Swine influenza viruses may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans.

Q:Can people catch swine flu from eating pork?

Answer:
People cannot catch swine flu while eating pork or other pork products.
Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.

Q: Is there a vaccine for swine flu?

Answer:
Vaccines are available to be given to pigs to prevent swine influenza. There is no vaccine to protect humans from swine flu. The seasonal influenza vaccine will likely help provide partial protection against swine H3N2, but not swine H1N1 viruses.

I have read this article at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Geraldine

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