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Old 01-11-2010, 08:57 PM   #326
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Pigs get swine flu
Monday, 11 January 2010 10:57 KR News .This little piggy won’t be going to the market, at least until he is free of the Influenza A H1N1 virus
A batch of Danish pigs has been diagnosed with Influenza A H1N1, or the more appropriately nicknamed, swine flu.

The Danish Food and Veterinary Administration (DFVA) has confirmed that about 3000 piglets and 700 sows from two mid-Zealand pig farms have tested positive for the virus.

The DVFA has restricted the movement of animals from the affected farms for a period of a week until all signs of the infection have disappeared.

Thousands of people have been infected with the virus over the last year and veterinary experts have warned that poor hygiene among some farm workers could be to blame for passing the virus on to the pigs.

The spread of the virus within pigs is not uncommon and many other countries, including Norway and Britain, have already experienced outbreaks.

http://www.cphpost.dk/news/national/...swine-flu.html
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Hong Kong Discovers Pigs With H1N1 Flu
by Dan Flynn | Jan 12, 2010
Five samples from pigs at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse last month tested positive for human swine influenza at the University of Hong Kong, the city's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) reported.

As a result, the government has launched the Human Swine Influenza (HIS) Vaccination Program that is aimed at those involved in the pig farming and slaughtering trade.

The samples that tested positive for the pandemic influenza A H1N1 virus were taken from pigs on the Mainland of China. Hong Kong health authorities believe the flu virus was transmitted from humans to the pigs.

The Center for Food Safety for the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said occasional transmission of the flu virus to pigs has been reported around the world.

Pork remains safe to eat so long as it is properly handled and cooked to an internal temperature of 70 degrees Celsius, according to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health, Food and Agriculture Organizations of the Untied Nations.

Hong Kong receives pigs from the Mainland only if they come from registered farms with properly issued health certificates. The health of the pigs is checked at border control points.

"Pigs have to go through ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection in the slaughterhouse," said a spokesman. "Only pigs which pass the inspection can be supplied to the market and sold for consumption."

FEHD is reminding slaughterhouse workers and others who might come into contact with pigs to pay attention to personal hygiene, and to wear masks and other protective gear when working.

The Mainland has stepped up its monitoring of live pigs supplied to Hong Kong from registered farms since FEHD notified them about the laboratory results.
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/0...with-h1n1-flu/
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:45 PM   #328
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Denmark - Swine flu confirmed in pigs 15 Jan 2010
The Danish veterinary authority has sent an Immediate Notification to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

It reports two outbreaks of swine influenza, both of which started on 4 January in East (Zealand).

The first outbreak was in a herd of 3,200 fattening pigs at Jystrup. The second outbreak was at Tølløse, in a herd of 3,400 pigs (750 sows, 250 slaughter pigs and 2,400 piglets), of which 950 animals showed symptoms and three died.

According to the report, the farms are quarantined. No vaccinations have been given, and no treatment of affected animals.

http://www.meattradenewsdaily.co.uk/..._in_pigs_.aspx
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2nd H1N1 flu virus infection of pigs confirmed in Japan TOKYO, Jan. 20 KYODO
The H1N1 strain of influenza virus has been detected in some pigs at a farm in Yamagata Prefecture, making it the second confirmed swine infection with the virus in Japan, following the first case last October in Osaka Prefecture, the farm ministry said Wednesday.


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Pigs susceptible to Hendra virus: new research

By Sigrid Brown
Posted Wed Feb 3, 2010 3:19pm AEDT

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) says research showing that pigs are susceptible to Hendra virus is a concern.

A Canadian study shows pigs can potentially transmit the virus to humans.
Hendra virus was first discovered in horses in Brisbane in 1994 and of the seven human cases of the disease, four have been fatal.

AVA president Dr Mark Lawrie says an outbreak in a piggery could be more easily managed than in a stable of horses.

"In some ways they're more easy to be able to be managed than what horses are because they're not free ranging, although there is concern with the wild pig population that there could be a risk there," he said.

"I think also with the emergence of free-range piggeries, this could [increase the] disease risk."

Dr Lawrie says money put into Hendra virus research could probably be recouped through intellectual property rights.

"Often there are actually profits of the technology that comes out the other end, particularly if we retain it here," he said.

"Some of the research that's been done in Australia has been done on overseas funding and sometimes we lose the IP [intellectual property] on that, and the profit-making capabilities of the outcomes of the research."

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Old 02-21-2010, 02:19 PM   #331
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Feb 16, 2010 11:19 pm US/Central
Workers Contract Rare Illness At Pork Plant Reporting
John Lauritsen (WCCO
In 2007, Kruse was celebrating her 15th year as an employee at Quality Pork Processors. It was also around the time she started noticing a change in her legs.

More than a dozen Minnesotans who worked in an Austin pork processing plant were among the first in the world to be diagnosed with a mysterious illness. Susan Kruse, a former employee, has had to change her life.

"I wanted to go forward but my legs wouldn't go forward with me," she said.
In 2007, Kruse was celebrating her 15th year as an employee at Quality Pork Processors. It was also around the time she started noticing a change in her legs.

"I could work until lunch time and my legs were just fine," she said. "But after lunch my legs were so weak I had to lean against something all the time."

Susan prided herself on never missing work. However, she quickly became homebound and was almost unable to walk.

After dozens of tests, doctors determined that she and some other co-workers had peripheral inflammatory neuropathy (PIN), which is a condition that causes pain and weakness in the legs and feet.

"I was one of the first they started diagnosing with this and nobody knew what to expect," she said.

It was determined that Susan contracted PIN while removing brain matter from pigs in the plant. Apparently, the air hose mixed with the matter to create a mist that Susan unknowingly breathed in.

"Neuropathy will never go totally away," she said. "It may go where it is good for a while, but it will never go totally away."

For a while, Kruse was making progress. However, her condition has taken a step back. It is painful and exhausting for her to walk a couple blocks to her car. She takes an IV of medicine once a week, which helps her walk with a cane.

Amazingly, Kruse doesn't blame Quality Pork Processors for what happened. Instead, she is adjusting to a life much different from the one she used to know.

"I used to be outside all summer long- mowing lawns, planting flowers, taking care of flower beds and I can't do it no more," she said.

Shortly after the workers began getting sick, Quality Pork Processors stopped doing brain matter removal.

Many of the employees who contracted PIN still work there and a company representative said some of their conditions have improved.

Each of the affected employees has an individual worker's compensation claim with the company.
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Surveillance
Genetic reassortment detected in swine flu virus

One pig sample taken at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse on January 7 contains essentially a swine influenza virus that had picked up an H1N1 gene, the University of Hong Kong has found.



This is the first time that a reassortment of swine flu virus with the pandemic H1N1 virus was found in its surveillance programme.



There is no cause for alarm for public health, and pork remains safe for consumption, the Centre for Health Protection said. The Government is monitoring developments and will keep the public informed.



Prof Malik Peiris, the HKU expert in charge of the surveillance programme, does not consider the findings totally unexpected.



These events are likely occurring worldwide and its detection in Hong Kong is purely the consequence of intensive surveillance. The university is conducting more tests to determine if there are any particular characteristics of this strain.



The Department of Health's laboratory surveillance of human specimens has not detected similar viruses in people.



There is no sign that the virus is present in the Hong Kong population at this time. The department will maintain surveillance of flu in people. Preliminary findings also show that the virus is sensitive to the antiviral drug oseltamivir.


The sample was taken from a pig imported from the Mainland. The Centre for Food Safety has informed the Mainland authorities which will step up monitoring and inspection of the registered farms supplying live pigs to Hong Kong.

http://www.news.gov.hk/en/category/h...227en05002.htm


...but which gene? Oh well, nevermind.
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Hong Kong: flu reassorts with H1N1 from pig 04 Mar 2010

In its regular influenza virus surveillance programme, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) found that one sample taken from a pig at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse early January, contained a virus which was essentially a swine influenza virus (SIV) but had picked up a pandemic H1N1 gene by genetic reassortment......

This was reported by the ProMed mail service of the International Society on Infectious Diseases (ISID). The precise genotypes of the swine influenza virus and the putative recombinant were not revealed.....

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department will continue to inspect and closely monitor the health condition of pigs on local pig farms. Any pig with clinical signs of swine influenza will be carefully examined and samples will be taken for diagnosis.


http://www.pigprogress.net/news/hong...-pig-3998.html

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Chinese Officials Massacre Thousands of Sick Pigs

Authorities in the Baiyun district of Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province said a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak among pigs was under control after authorities slaughtered more than 8,000 pigs....

According to Yu, of those pigs killed, 1,474 were infected with the disease and others were from nearby sites. All of them belonged to private farmers.

"We haven't received any reports on the reoccurrence of such disease nor a case of human infection," Yu said.

Yu explained that it is not known why the disease suddenly broke out but added that it has been raining constantly in the area and bad weather may have contributed to the outbreak.

"The bad weather and wet environment very likely lowered the pig's immune capacity to viruses and bacteria."

.,.."We have seen the outbreaks of the foot-and-mouth disease in the past but very rarely human infection was reported. The virus that causes such disease dies in a matter of an hour under the sun, normal disinfections can kill such a virus in only a second."

http://life.globaltimes.cn/health/2010-03/509284.html

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Canadian Offical Contracts Potentially Fatal Virus From Pig Blood

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tried to withhold specific details about a commercial flight taken by an inspector in April who was infected with swine flu and was carrying samples of the virus, CBC News has learned.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tried to withhold specific details about a commercial flight taken by an inspector in April who was infected with swine flu and was carrying samples of the virus, CBC News has learned.

....In an email dated July 22, Bryan Blom, senior communications adviser for the CFIA, wrote: "MinO has asked us to provide the flight information in the name of transparency."

The CFIA's associate vice-president of operations, Catherine Airth, wrote: "I find the statement regarding flight info to be a bit brusque, but I guess we can't help it."
The ministry's decision to release the details came after the CBC filed a request under the Access to Information Act .

The request was filed after Dr. Jim Clark, the agency's national manager for disease control, refused on July 21 to provide the information, saying it wasn't relevant. He also argued a news agency like the CBC wasn't in a position to make a judgment about whether the individual posed a risk to other passengers on the plane....

Many portions of the emails are blacked out, deleting either the substance of the correspondence or the sender and receiver.

The release of the emails was delayed as a result of a backlog, the CFIA said. The release of more records to CBC News is still pending, including a request for more information on the two health inspectors who visited the farm.

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/201...on-flight.html

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Hi Caonacl,

the posting rules changed.

http://thisbluemarble.com/showthread.php?p=191850

Can you edit your posts accordingly?

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the posting rules changed.

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Chinese Dumping Pandemic Pigs In River?

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Since last Wednesday, workers have retrieved more than 100 decomposed pig carcasses, emitting a foul odor that wafts over the local Qiantang River, Hangzhou-based Morning Express reported Sunday.

A worker said that he and his colleagues have spent one week on the river, hauling dead pigs out of the water.

"The odor of the decomposing swine is foul and choking. We have no choice but to gulp back the smell and pick them up," an unnamed salvage worker told the newspaper.

It is suspected that farmers living upstream disposed of the dead livestock by throwing the pig remains into the water.

The river, known as the lifeline of Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, provides drinking water for more than 3 million residents living downstream.


http://china.globaltimes.cn/society/2010-03/512962.html
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What could be killing pigs and dumping them into the river?
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An estimated 550 dead pigs have been retrieved at the lower reaches of the Qiantang River, the water source for four million residents of Hangzhou, the capital of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province. No one knows if they drowned or died from disease.....
...River manager Huang Haizhen said, “Fortunately these bodies were not floating close to the intakes of surface drinking water. Thus the water was not polluted.”

Some internet users questioned his point. “Wasn't the presence of so many dead pigs in itself polluting the water?” and “Only the corpses drifting close to drinking water intakes would contaminate the water?”...

...Mr. Chen, a local resident in the town of Wenyan said, “We don’t know when it began, maybe three to five years ago, but every summer a lot of dead pigs would be found floating in the river. Nobody would tell us where they came from.”...
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What could be killing pigs and dumping them into the river?
I suspect the killing is done by some disease & the dumping by the pig farmers.

It could be anything & there seems to be no specific age group of pigs floating around so there's nothing much to go on.
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I suspect the killing is done by some disease & the dumping by the pig farmers.

It could be anything & there seems to be no specific age group of pigs floating around so there's nothing much to go on.
Disease I can buy, but do you mean to tell me that you believe those same farmers are dumping their dead pigs carcases in NYC parks?!! And what about all the dead birds.... and a Possum!
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....For two weeks, parkgoers have been baffled by dead animals showing up in and around Prospect Park Lake.

“This morning we found a dead blackbird and what looked like an opossum in the water,” said Brooklyn resident Anne-Katrin Titze, Thursday “We saw chicken heads floating in the water near the shoreline where children were playing.”...

Titze and her companion, Ed Bahlman, have been documenting the the grisly incidents since they saw blood on a rock near the lake two weeks ago. They began finding entrails that looked like they came from larger animals like pigs, as well as what appeared to be butchered chicken carcasses. Titze said she’s spotted at least 15 chicken heads.

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But there were no dead pigs in Prospect Park?
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Pig farmer has another suspicious fire; plus an alibi for the dead hogs dumped in the woods.

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Apr. 8--From a window in his East Huntingdon home, farmer Jim Baker noticed smoke billowing in the distance Wednesday afternoon.
Baker headed toward the smoke and soon realized that half of the barn holding more than 100 pigs was on fire. He and his daughter, Nicole, ran into the barn from the other end, frantically trying to save as many pigs as they could.

"We started opening pens and letting them out," Baker said. "They were so scared. It was sickening hearing them squeal."
But the heat from the fire grew too intense, forcing Baker and his daughter out of the barn without all of the pigs.
"We had to get out," Baker said. "It was like a blowtorch."

Baker estimated 60 or more pigs perished in the fire. The rest ran off into parts of East Huntingdon and even into nearby Scottdale with Baker, his family and friends trying to capture them....

...Baker hopes that because his father had two fires, this second fire will be the last for him as well.
"History repeats itself. You just got to keep going," Baker said.....
http://www.firehouse.com/news/top-he...h-pa-barn-fire
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Some 10,000 pigs have died of blue ear disease in the northern provinces of Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Hanoi and the central province of Quang Nam, according to local departments of animal health.


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An air-tight alibi at Austialian Piggery
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A FIRE at the state's largest piggery has led to the deaths of more than 900 pigs.
They died after a blaze sparked by rodents eating through wiring, causing it to short circuit, in a shed at the Westpork facility at Boonanarring, near Gingin about 4pm yesterday.
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And not just just PRRSV.

http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Health/2010/4/81586/

They also report 4 cases of infection with Streptococcus suis in humans. 2 serious.

In the article they mention these diseases always come together .

The people get infected by eating undercooked diseased pigs. Probably the pigs die of the PRRSV while they already carry the Strep suis then again any mix of causes is possible (except barn fires because they usually cook them well ).

Strep Suis fact sheet:
http://www.wpro.who.int/media_centre...s_20050802.htm
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