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Swine flu found in Norwegian pigs. Serious for pig farmers. Swine flu has been found in a herd of pigs after the virus was transmitted from humans for the first time in the history of Norway’s pig farming industry. Tests results on Saturday showed the presence of the virus in pigs on a farm in Nord-Trondelag. The Food Safety Authority tells NRK that this was unexpected, and farmers in the area are worried.

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Swine flu found in Norwegian pigs

Published on Monday, 12th October, 2009 at 21:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th October 2009 at 09:39.

Serious for pig farmers.

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Swine flu has been found in a herd of pigs after the virus was transmitted from humans for the first time in the history of Norway’s pig farming industry.

Tests results on Saturday showed the presence of the virus in pigs on a farm in Nord-Trondelag. The Food Safety Authority tells NRK that this was unexpected, and farmers in the area are worried.

Anne Kari Thingelstad, district head of the farmer’s organisation Norsvin for Akershus, says precautions have been taken, and they are afraid the outbreak will spread.

Another suspected herd was tested in Hedmark with results due back this evening. Both are serious for the pig industry. Herds on a total of nine farms in the area have now been quarantined.

Should the results prove positive the Food Safety Authority says measures will be considered tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the farmer’s organisation is urging health authorities to place farmers and all who are in contact with pigs, including vets, at the front of the queue to protect the livelihood of farmers and the pig industry in general.

On NRK this evening, Norsvin’s chairperson Kristin Ianssen, said the organisation had already asked the Norwegian Institute for Public Health to do this before the summer for fears this would happen, but were turned down. She urged pig farmers to take responsibility themselves.

Preben Aavistland, the institute’s Deputy Director General, repeated that pregnant women, high-risk groups, and health personnel are still prioritised, although he understands Ianssen’s concerns. He said pig farmers will be vaccinated as soon as possible after the first phase of vaccinations is complete.




Published on Monday, 12th October, 2009 at 21:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th October 2009 at 09:39.

This post has the following tags: swine, flu, influenza, h1n1, norway, norwegian, pig, farm, infected, tests, vaccination, serious, industry.





  
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