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Swine Flu: What it is and what it isn't

· Despite its name, there is no evidence to date that this particular virus originated in pigs or is spread from pigs to people.

· Even though there is no evidence this new virus is found in pigs, swine practitioners have stepped up their surveillance.

· There is no reason to question the safety of your food.

o While there is no evidence this virus has been found in pigs, even if it were, proper preparation would kill the virus.

o As always, practice proper food hygiene when preparing meals.

· This virus is spread from person to person.

· The incubation period is estimated at 1 to 8 days, typically about 48 hours.

· Be vigilant. Visit your physician if you experience flu-like symptoms.

· Visit www.AVMA.org for FAQ's on H1N1 Flu virus.

Links to More Information about Swine Flu

AVMA

American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV)

AASV Human Cases of Swine Influenza

CDC

CDC Swine Flu

USDA

Be Food Safe

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Swine Influenza