SWINE FLU CONFIRMED IN SOME ANIMALS NOW…

Posted on November 5, 2009. Filed under: Health and Wellness... |

There have been confirmed cases of swine flu in a cat in Iowa, commercial pigs in Indiana, and two ferrets—one in Oregon and another in Nebraskaboth of which died.  Last month, tests confirmed that several show pigs at the Minnesota State Fair contracted swine flu.  The fact that swine flu is now spreading to animals will only accelerate the spread of this pandemic (two separate stories below).  This will probably open up the doors for animal vaccines which will cost additional revenue that we don’t have, and will reap huge profits for the pharmaceutical industry.  They’re already starting development on a vaccine for pigs.  I don’t know why, but a part of me feels that this may be a man-made catastrophe for profit.  I can still hear Rahm Emanuel’s words ringing in my ears…"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste"
 
QueenBee 
 
 

Officials: Swine flu confirmed in Iowa cat
Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press Writer Wed Nov 4, 6:02 pm ET

 

DES MOINES, Iowa – A 13-year-old Iowa cat has been infected with swine flu, veterinary and federal officials said Wednesday, and it is believed to be the first case of the H1N1 virus in a feline.

The domestic shorthaired cat was treated last week at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames and has recovered, officials said. The virus also has been confirmed in two ferrets — one in Oregon and the other in Nebraska — but they died.

"We’ve known certainly it’s possible this could happen," said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner. "This may be the first instance where we have documentation that transmission occurred involving cats or dogs."

The veterinarian who treated the cat, Dr. Brett Sponseller, said two of the three people in the cat’s Iowa home had flu-like symptoms before the cat became ill. The case was confirmed at both Iowa State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Other influenza strains have been known to cross species, but Sponseller cautioned against drawing too many conclusions from the cat including whether other pets could also get the swine flu.

"It’s well documented in influenza in general, but this is the first highly suspected case of H1N1 going from humans into a cat," he said.  The indoor cat was lethargic, had a loss of appetite and appeared to have trouble breathing after it became infected, Sponseller said. Its owners declined to comment.  Officials said pet owners should take the same precautions against spreading swine flu to pets as they would with humans.  Getting children vaccinated for swine flu can also help prevent the illness from spreading to pets. There is no swine flu vaccine for pets.  Dr. Ann Garvey, Iowa‘s state health veterinarian, said it is not yet known how sick cats or other pets could get from swine flu.

"Because we haven’t seen that many cases, it’s difficult to give a blanket assessment on how sick it can make an animal," she said.  Officials also stressed that there is no evidence that swine flu can be passed from pets to people.

"But it’s so early in the game we don’t know how it’s going to behave. But that doesn’t appear to be the concern. There’s no sense of them passing it on to people," said Michael San Filippo, spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Associated Press Medical Writer Mike Stobbe in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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Commercial pigs in Ind. test positive for H1N1
Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press Writer Wed Nov 4, 2:13 pm ET
 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that pigs in a commercial herd in Indiana have tested positive for swine flu, making it the first time the virus has been found in such hogs.

The USDA said it discovered four tissue samples that tested positive for the virus using its swine surveillance program.

The sample was collected in late October, and the USDA said the pigs as well as the people caring for the animals have recovered.

Last month, tests confirmed that several show pigs at the Minnesota State Fair contracted swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus.

The USDA declined to say where in Indiana the sick pigs were located.

USDA officials have stressed repeatedly that instances of pigs with swine flu do not pose a threat to consumers of pork products.

Still, word of a commercial herd contracting the virus for the first time is bad news for the pork industry, which has struggled with poor prices blamed on swine flu fears and the global recession.

Agriculture experts expected that swine flu would eventually show up in domestic swine and a vaccine for hogs is being developed but not yet available. News of the virus in pigs came after herd infections in several other countries, including Canada, Australia, Argentina, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Norway.

The positive tests in Indiana came just days after U.S. officials successfully negotiated an end to one of the more damaging commercial effects of swine flu — a six-month ban on pork imports to China. Officials expect the Chinese to reopen their import markets, offering pork producers an opportunity to export to what was their fastest growing market before the swine flu outbreak.

 

 

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Yeah, PETA will want them moved to the top of the list, and would probably volunteer to stand in line for them…QB

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Put them on the priority list and have them stand in line for hours an take their chances at a public health vaccine fair.

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