Scientists have mapped the genetic make-up of the influenza virus found in Canadian pigs carrying the virus that caused the recent human disease outbreak. The development will aid scientists to better understand the virus and its effects in animals.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency made the discovery and will share the information with other countries to help detect the virus through ongoing investigation activities. The work confirms that the virus found in the Canadian pigs is the same as the virus causing illness in humans around the world.

The virus does not affect the safety of properly handled and cooked pork.

Although more study is needed, work done thus far suggests that infected animals become sick and recover naturally. Information may be used to assess the effectiveness of current vaccines, and to develop better and faster diagnostic methods.

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