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Swine flu not linked with today’s pigs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — A Purdue University veterinarian says flu viruses are named for the first animal in which they are found; the current swine flu was discovered in pigs in 1930.

That discovery is the only reason the current outbreak is called swine flu, said Purdue swine medicine expert Sandy Amass. “We don’t even know if the virus found in humans will infect pigs.”

No U.S. pigs have been found with swine flu (H1N1) in the current outbreak — only humans — but Amass says pork producers should take precautionary measures to protect their herds from being infected with any flu virus:

— Do not permit people, including employees that have the flu or flu-like symptoms, in or around barns.

— Do not allow any visitors to the farm, especially international visitors who have had contact with other livestock.

— If pigs show flu symptoms — coughing, runny nose, fever and a reduction in feed intake — call a veterinarian and have them tested.

“It’s important to make sure your biosecurity procedures are being followed,” Amass said. “If you have any concern, work with your vet because they know your operation best.”

Copyright 2009 by United Press International
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