Swine Influenza: Frequently Asked Questions

Published on: 04/28/2009
Source : WHO (World Health Organization) publication

What is swine influenza? Swine influenza, or "swine flu", is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses. Morbidity tends to be high and mortality low (1-4%). The virus is spread among pigs by aerosols and direct and indirect contact, and asymptomatic carrier pigs exist. Outbreaks in pigs occur year round, with an increased incidence i...

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Muzzamal ijaz Muzzamal ijaz
Msc.(Hons.) Animal Nutrition
April 28, 2009
Good & positive information for those who want to travel abroad, especially for those who want to go to pig growing countries.
Clarisa Lope Clarisa Lope
Animal Nutritionist
April 29, 2009
Swine flu scare has a big impact not only for human health but most specially in the animal industry. Though it was already stated that there is no cross contamination from properly cooked carcass, people are now thinking of reducing pork consumption just to assure their security from the virus contamination. A reduction in pork demand will leads to low farm gate price of hogs making the farm owners to cut down their budget for feeds, medication and others. Thus, the feed premix manufacturers, raw mats importers and distributors are also affected by this problem. But the good thing here is that it will at least lessen the pork imports giving way for the local market of backyard and commercial farms. In a way there is a negative and positive effect from this pandemic disease, but still we need to be properly updated by information with regards to this issue.
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