Pig tests positive for swine flu in Minnesota - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/19/09

Pig tests positive for swine flu in Minnesota

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday afternoon, the federal government has confirmed a pig at the Minnesota state fair tested positive for the new swine flu virus, but it also says that's no reason to panic. The pork industry insists you cannot get swine flu from eating meat from pigs, even if those pigs were sick. 

"They get sick. They recover after a couple of days. And then those pigs are perfectly fine, said Jennifer Greiner, with the National Pork Producers Council.  "And with this being a respiratory disease, it doesn't get into the meat. So there's no problems with food borne illness."

The agriculture department says that with widespread H1N1 in Minnesota, it's more likely that the kids gave it to the pig.

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