Pigs may have tested positive for H1N1

October 16, 2009 1:18:45 PM PDT
Pigs in Minnesota may have tested positive for the H1N1 virus in a preliminary test, the first potential U.S. cases in swine. [SWINE FLU: Symptoms, questions and answers and more]

Agriculture Department officials cautioned that further tests were needed to confirm that the pigs had been infected with H1N1. Officials say that the pigs did not exhibit signs of sickness and may have been exposed to a group of children who had contracted the swine flu virus.

Samples from the pigs that may have tested positive were collected at the Minnesota State Fair between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1. USDA officials did not say how many pigs may have tested positive.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says testing is under way and results should be available in a matter of days. He says the USDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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