FLU PANDEMIC : VETERINARY EXPERTS REMAIN CAUTIOUS ON ROLE OF PIGS IN OUTBREAK

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Date: June 11, 2009
Publisher: Europolitics
Document Type: Article
Length: 570 words
Lexile Measure: 1480L

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Although EU veterinary experts do not see any justification for the restrictions on trade in pigs imposed by many countries around the world, they are nevertheless convinced that pig farmers in the Union must take precautions against viral infections. The discovery in Canada of a case of transmission of the new flu virus A/H1N1 from man to pigs "does not call into question the declarations on the absence of risk related to the consumption of pork," noted the experts in a written declaration, made public on 5 May. However, "the role of pigs in the H1N1 flu epidemic has not yet been clarified and still has to be studied by the scientific community".

At this stage, and in spite of these uncertainties, restrictions on trade in these animals "are not justified," they note. The usual precautionary measures - biosecurity and hygiene rules...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A201836618