When people make pigs sick

The forgotten swine flu victim may actually be swine

Here’s an under-reported aspect of the threat from a possible influenza epidemic that started in Mexico. In Manitoba, where the pork industry is big business, they’re worried about people infecting pigs. The Manitoba Pork Council’s experts say “it’s more likely people will infect pigs than vice versa.” Hog operators are limiting the number of people interacting with their animals, and pigs coming in from the U.S. are being quarantined and inspected for signs of disease. So far no swine flu cases have cropped up in Manitoba, but hospitals across the province are on high alert.

Winnipeg Free Press

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