Authorities in both Hong Kong and Taiwan have confirmed their first cases of Novel H1N1 2009 influenza virus in swine. The confirmation date was  Nov. 5, and was reported by Beijing’s state-run China News Service.

According to the Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau, the Novel H1N1 virus was found in two pigs. However, authorities were unable to trace the source of those infected pigs.

The Food and Health Bureau has urged local pig farmers to familiarize themselves with measures needed to prevent the spread of Novel H1N1. Also, Hong Kong government plans to tighten inspections of live pigs coming in from mainland China, reports Pig International.

In Taiwan, more than 100 pigs from a pig farm in Taidong County started showing Novel H1N1 symptoms, following three confirmed cases of H1N1 there, according to Guo Xusong, an official at Taiwan Disease Control Bureau.

Source: Pig International