H1N1 Flu Found in Danish Pigs

DENMARK - Pigs infected with the influenza A H1N1 virus have been found on two farms in Zealand.
calendar icon 11 January 2010
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This little piggy won't be going to the market, at least until he is free of the Influenza A H1N1 virus, according to Copenhagen Post.

A batch of Danish pigs has been diagnosed with Influenza A H1N1, or the more appropriately nicknamed, swine flu, it reports.

The Danish Food and Veterinary Administration (DFVA) has confirmed that about 3,000 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, concludes the Copenhagen Post report.

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