Sunday, May 03, 2009

Man Infects Pigs

We've all read the 'Man Bites Dog' stories many times with great amusement. Now, a Canadian farmer has apparently infected his pigs with Swine Flu.

From CNN:

Canadian officials are quarantining pigs that tested positive for the virus -- scientifically known as 2009 H1N1 -- at an Alberta farm in what could be the first identified case of pigs infected during the recent outbreak.

They said the pigs may have been infected by a Canadian farmer who recently returned from a trip to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak that has sickened more than 680 people.

The farmer "may have exposed swine on the farm to an influenza virus," said Dr. Brian Evans of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

"We have determined that the virus H1N1, found in these pigs, is the virus which is being tracked in the human population," he added. Learn about the virus »

Evans and other officials said it is not uncommon for flu viruses to jump from humans to animals and that it does not pose a risk for consuming pork. The number of pigs infected was not disclosed.

The infected farmer had flu-like symptoms and is recovering, Evans said.
That's one way to get revenge. Personally, I'm eating more pork chops and sausage. Mmmm, pork, the other white meat; it's what's for dinner.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Louise said...

Kinda makes you wonder exactly how that transmission occurred. But we won't got there.....

Democracy Lover said...

It seems the swine flu actually came from North Carolina. A factory pig farm where the feces of hundreds of thousands of hogs are simply dumped in a pit and left to stink and leach into the ground. So eat hearty for tomorrow you may die (of swine flu).

suek said...

"Scientists don't yet know when or where the current H1N1 strain first developed. They know only that it was first identified after people in Mexico began falling ill with the fevers and aches associated with flu.

The current virus hasn't been found in swine..."

From that article that DL linked. To be entirely accurate:
"The new H1N1 influenza virus that continues to spread through the U.S. has ancestry in a swine flu outbreak that first struck a North Carolina hog farm more than 10 years ago, according to scientists studying the strain's genetic makeup."

"The current strain hasn't shown up in surveillance of U.S. pigs, and it can't be caught by eating pork."

So DL's ill will is meaningless...

suek said...

Whoops. Missed this on the second page.

"Salzberg said he doesn't blame factory farms for the current outbreak, because swine flu is common among pigs. He wants to know more about the H1N1 virus' ancestry."

So it isn't even _about_ those nasty manure lagoons, unpleasant though they may be...

Indigo Red said...

No, Louise, we won't go there.

DL, Swine Flu develops in the pig not in the waste lagoons. Other stuff develops there, like, Liberal government policy.

Suek, the actual locus of A/H1N1 may never be determined. A previous H1N1 appeared in the US back in 1968. There was not much exposure in Mexico to that strain then. H1N1 has combined with avian, A, producing A/H1N1. Americans have some immunity to H1N1 but not A. Mexican have not experienced either which may explain the higher Mexican death rate.

Factory farms in the US and Mexico are unlikely to be the locus because the porcine population is tested frequently. No viral infection has been found in any pig farm, except the Canadian farm reported in the post.