USDA confirms H1N1 in MN pigs

October 19, 2009 11:06:40 AM PDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said at least one pig from Minnesota has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, the first case of a pig contracting the virus in the United States.In a statement Monday that USDA officials have begun to reach out to international organizations and are emphasizing that H1N1, also known as swine flu, cannot be contracted by eating pork products.

The USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the presence of H1N1 after an initial test suggested that as many as three pigs may have had the virus.

USDA officials said the infection of a so-called show pig doesn't indicate an infection of commercial herds because show pigs are in separate segments of the swine industry.

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