Researchers offer tips to prevent swine flu in humans

The 2017 county fair season in the U.S. is nearing its close. Fewer and fewer weekends are filled with the bright lights of rapidly assembled Ferris wheels, the air is less filled with the scent of toasty elephant ears (non-Americans, check these out) and fewer animals are ambling into the trailer to be brought to […]

Nearly 300 pigs culled at county fair after swine flu discovery

A county fair in the U.S. state of Ohio took an unfortunate turn this month when the discovery of swine flu in at least one animal led to state officials ordering the culling of nearly 300 pigs.

The barn was quarantined and disinfected after a case of the H3N2 strain was identified. The strain can […]

Preventing the spread of swine influenza

With the current news topics of emerging strains of swine1 and avian influenza2 spreading throughout North America, it is important to review the influenza virus, what it can do if it enters your farm, and how you can prevent it from spreading.

What is influenza?

The commonly known influenza virus (H1N1) was first identified and […]

Happy October! Here are the first Monday links of a new month

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Food safety

Cheese-smuggling ring is brought down in Canada – NPR

Charges may soon be filed against the “mozzarella mafia.”

Number of children sickened by suspected outbreak of foodborne vomiting virus […]

Report: How do swine flu viruses mutate?

It only takes a few mutations for a relatively harmless swine flu virus to change into something more dangerous, according to an NPR article highlighting a recent study.

The study, originally published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed how a Korean swine flu virus transformed into a deadly virus when given […]

Welcome back from the long weekend. Here are the belated Monday links

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Food safety

Obama administration sued for delay of FSMA implementation –Food Safety News

The Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Management and Budget are the target of a lawsuit […]

Welcome to a new week with the belated Monday links

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Food safety

5 of 7 E. coli cases in western New York linked; source a mystery – Food Safety News

Officials believe water is the source of the outbreak but don’t […]

CDC: Number of H3N2v confirmed cases hits more than 220

The number of confirmed H3N2v infections, commonly known as swine flu, has jumped to more than 220 since July, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last week.

The confirmed cases still are believed to be associated with exposure to sick pigs, many through fair exhibitions. Symptoms are similar to […]

Get the week started right with the Monday links

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Animal safety

More H3N2 influenza cases surface – Pork Network

More than 150 people in nine states have now been sickened with the H3N2v virus, commonly known as swine flu. Most […]

Reports: Officials watching for H3N2v mutations

With more than 160 confirmed cases of H3N2v nationwide, health officials are watching to see if the virus mutates to be transmissible from person-to-person, according to news reports.

So far, the H3N2v virus, commonly known as swine flu, only has been transmitted between sick pigs and humans, with most of the infected being people that […]