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Argentina Health Emergency -
A-H1N1 Found In Pigs

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello Jeff - This is extremely serious. Swine flu has been found in at least one pig herd in Argentina.
If this gets loose in animal populations there is no stopping it. I don't believe that we had 1918 flu in animal populations and look how badly that spread around the globe in the pre jet age)
I am now convinced this Fall, Winter and Early Spring is going to be really bad.
If this virus spreads through swine populations thru South and Central America there is no stopping it at the US border. Swine Flu, of course, does not respect borders.
Argentina Declares Health Emergency - Flu Found In Pigs
Buenos Aires Herald
The government declared a nationwide animal health emergency following the discovery of the new H1N1 flu virus in at least one pig herd. The flu strain has killed 137 people in the South American country during the Southern Hemisphere winter and the government has closed schools and urged Argentines to avoid crowded places to halt its spread.
"The contingency plan ... allows for an increase in testing in pig farms and in slaughter houses in order to guarantee early detection," the government's Official Gazette said.
The emergency measure, which will also give officials extra funding to deal with the outbreak, was drawn up by the state-run SENASA agency, responsible for animal health and food safety.
Earlier this month, SENASA officials said workers at a pig farm in Buenos Aires province were suspected of having passed the new strain onto the animals. That added weight to the theory that pigs can be infected by humans. Another pig herd later tested positive for the virus although Friday's statement only made mention of the 1st case.
-- Communicated by ProMED-mail Rapporteur Mary Marshall
This article indicates the H1N1 flu virus has been found a pig herd. It also indicated surveillance of swine has been increased. Workers are suspected of having the flu. It does not tell us what epidemiology work is being done. It does not tell us they are confirming the flu in the people. It alludes to that issue with the presumptive statement that humans can infect pigs. Yet there is currently no evidence from this article that it is the H1N1 affecting the pigs, or that was carried to them by their handlers or other people on the premises.
This virus in swine was reported to the OIE 1 Jul 2009 but is only now, 16 days later, making the news and being declared an emergency. It seems that emergencies are cautious declarations. - Mod.TG
A map showing the location of Argentina is available at: http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/samerica/ar.htm - CopyEd.EJP
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health 

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