USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has begun a series of meetings with government agencies, state animal health and public health officials as well as pork industry associations to share its plans and recommendations in the event of a positive diagnosis of Type A H1N1 in the U.S. swine herd.
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H1N1 Help is Here
It’s been less than a year since the Novel H1N1 influenza virus dealt the pork industry yet another serious blow.
Pfizer Receives H1N1 Swine Vaccine Approval
Pfizer Animal Health has received USDA approval for a killed-virus swine vaccine to help protect pigs from the Novel H1N1 2009 strain of swine influenza virus.
H1N1 Swine Vaccine Used in Herds
A 2009 Novel H1N1 swine vaccine developed by Hank Harris, professor of animal science, Iowa State University, is being used to vaccinate a swine herd infected with the virus. Harris developed the vaccine this summer and has been shipping preventive doses to swine producers in Iowa, Kansas and Illinois for several weeks.
Vaccine Found Effective Against H1N1 in Pigs
A swine vaccine manufactured by Newport Laboratories was shown to neutralize the 2009 Novel H1N1 influenza strain in pigs.
CDC Offers Producer H1N1 Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued interim guidance for workers employed at swine farms to help prevent the spread of the 2009 Novel H1N1 influenza virus from people to pigs and from pigs to people.
More H1N1 Cases in Swine
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), has reported new cases of 2009 Novel H1N1 influenza in Indiana.
USDA Updates H1N1 Report, Provides Web Site
USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories has provided an update on the 2009 Novel H1N1 influenza virus testing of pig samples collected at the Minnesota State Fair and the South Dakota State Fair.
H1N1 Found in Indiana Pigs
According to the USDA, the pigs, as well as caretakers have fully recovered.
Pork Industry Team Leads H1N1 Response
Following Monday’s statement regarding USDA’s confirmation of the 2009 Novel H1N1 influenza virus in U.S. swine, the pork industry has outlined several initiatives and current efforts underway to ensure that accurate messages and information are communicated to the media as well as to consumers.
NPPC Provides H1N1 Talking Points
The National Pork Producers Council has provided the following talking points regarding 2009 Novel H1N1 flu. Revised October 16, 2009
Newspaper Association Calls Virus H1N1
U.S. pork producers picked up an important ally this week in their effort to properly name the H1N1 flu virus when the president of the National Newspaper Association urged community newspaper publishers and editors to use precise language in coverage of the flu pandemic.
USDA Confirms H1N1 Virus in Minnesota Pig Sample
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed the presence of 2009 Novel H1N1 influenza virus in a pig sample collected at the Minnesota State Fair.
U.S. Pigs Tested For Novel H1N1
The National Pork Producers Council issued a statement today regarding confirmatory testing for Novel H1N1 virus in U.S. pigs.
H1N1: Not If, But When
No hog in the United States has been diagnosed with the Novel H1N1 2009 influenza virus — at least not at the time of this writing.
Norway Hogs Infected with H1N1 Virus
Norwegian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of the Type A H1N1 virus in swine.
H1N1 Webinar Presentation Available Online
Hear Patrick Webb, DVM, director of swine health programs for the National Pork Board, discuss H1N1 preparedness.
USDA Develops, Implements Influenza Surveillance Plan
An immediate goal of the surveillance program is to determine if the H1N1 virus strain currently exists in U.S. swine.
NPPC Briefs U.S. Trade Partners on H1N1
Just remember, the flu is not a food-borne illness; you can’t get the H1N1 flu from eating pork.
FDA Approves Human H1N1 Vaccines
The vaccines will be distributed nationally after the initial lots become available.
Call Flu ‘H1N1,' USDA Demands
“The job of the media is to get it right...it’s H1N1," says USDA Secretary.
Human, Swine H1N1 Vaccination Plans Discussed
Vaccination for H1N1, both in humans and swine, were topics for discussion in a Thursday media conference.
Vilsack Stresses H1N1 Media Responsibility
USDA Secretary reminds media of the importance of accurate reporting when referring to the new flu strain.
H1N1 Vaccine Development for Hogs Underway
USDA has given several animal vaccine manufacturers the "master seed virus" from the Type A H1N1 influenza strain now circulating among humans.
Industry Releases H1N1 Action Plan
State animal health officials will be the lead group determining local activities should the Type A H1N1 influenza virus be suspected or confirmed in a U.S. swine herd.
Chinese Consumers React to H1N1
A significant number of Chinese consumers may still associate the H1N1 virus with pork and hogs.
H1N1 Flu Overtakes Other Flu Strains
Put (Type A) H1N1 flu in a room with other strains of influenza, and it does not mix into a new superbug but rather takes over, researchers reported Tuesday.
H1N1 Found in Several Manitoba Herds
Ongoing surveillance for respiratory diseases in Manitoba swine herds has detected the (Type A) H1N1 influenza virus in several herds, including sow barns, nursery barns, and feeder barns in various locations in the province.
NPB Stresses H1N1 Readiness
H1N1 has not been identified in the U.S. swine herd and the pork industry wants to keep it that way.
H1N1 Warnings Grow More Ominous
The H1N1 flu virus "poses a serious health threat" to the United States, according to the Obama Administration’s advisory group on Science and Technology.
APHIS Begins H1N1 Plan Rollout
The goals of these plans are to provide stability to the marketplace in the case of a positive H1N1 diagnosis in swine.
CDC Provides Updated H1N1 Guidelines
Updated federal guidelines for Type A H1N1 influenza were issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ARS Research: H1N1 Not Found in Meat
USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has conducted research at the National Animal Disease Center to investigate whether meat, blood and tissue from pigs infected with the new Type A H1N1 Influenza virus is free of infectious virus.
Plan Now for Emergencies
It’s a fact of life — disaster can strike even the best managed farm, and in just the blink of an eye a tornado, flood or fire can cause life-changing damage or injury.
H1N1 Under Surveillance
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” has long been a pork production mantra. The same can be said for herd health issues, and there is no more challenging one facing the industry today, and possibly this fall, than the Type A H1N1 influenza virus.
Flu Season Approach Hits Hog Prices
As flu season approaches, investors are betting consumers will back away from pork purchases, according to a Reuters report.
Novartis Starts Human H1N1 Vaccine Trials
Swiss drugmaker Novartis has started to test its Type A H1N1 influenza vaccine for people.
Fall Flu Warnings Increase
Fall always brings flu season with it, but this year, the concern is raised due to the new Type A H1N1 virus.
AASV Releases Type A H1N1 Position Statement
With the emergence of the pandemic (Type A) H1N1 2009 influenza, human health is of primary importance, says the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
Australia Reports Type A H1N1 in Pigs
A case of H1N1 virus in pigs has been reported in New South Wales, Australia.
Type A H1N1 Case Confirmed in Quebec
A single case of the pandemic H1N1 strain of influenza has been reported in a Quebec pig.
AASV Nears Release of H1N1 Recommendations
The document will be available to veterinarians and producers within two weeks.
Argentine Herd Infected with H1N1
The second case where humans are suspected to have exposed swine with the Type A H1N1 influenza virus has surfaced, this time in Argentina.
People May have Brought H1N1 Virus from Asia
A UDSA swine influenza researcher says the Type A/H1N1 influenza virus may have originated in Asia and travelled to North America via people
WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic
WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 to 6 after holding an emergency meeting with experts.
Pork Producers Suffering from Misnamed Flu Virus
The following statement was issued today in response to the the World Health Organization's announcement as it raised the incidence of Type A H1N1 influenza to a pandemic level 6.
WHO Nears Pandemic Declaration
The World Health Organization said Tuesday a spike in Type A H1N1 flu cases in Australia may push it to finally announce the first flu pandemic in 41 years.
Video: Webb Addresses Biosecurity Measures
Patrick Webb, DVM, Director of Swine Health Programs for the National Pork Board, discusses Type A H1N1 influenza biosecurity measures. Look for more videos from the World Pork Expo in Pork Alert in the coming weeks.
New Influenza Test and Vaccine Under Development
The genetic material for the Type A H1N1 influenza virus or as USDA is now calling it — H1N1 flu outbreak virus — is being shipped to veterinary biologics manufacturers, with ample supplies and distribution later this summer.
Make Biosecurity a Priority
With the pork industry already suffering major financial stress from 18 months of operating losses, the recent outbreak of Type A H1N1 influenza came at the worst possible time.
How Type A H1N1 Came to Be
The American Association of Swine Veterinarians offers a brief explanation of the origin of swine influenza in North America and the Type A H1N1 (2009) influenza strain.
Flu Vaccine Possible by October
Will depend on production progress.
Wrong Name Could Cost Industry $400 Million
Misnaming the H1N1 influenza outbreak could cost the U.S. pork industry up to $400 million in the next few months, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.
USDA Update on H1N1 Influenza
Experts believe pigs can act as a "mixing vessel" for the reassortment of avian, swine and human influenza viruses, and might play a role in the emergence of novel influenza viruses. USDA's report reviews current status and future efforts.
Russia Won't Open Meat Export Doors Soon
U.S. trade officials have been working on Russia to re-open its doors to U.S. meat exports, particularly pork, following the closure imposed in response to the Type A H1N1 influenza outbreak.
WHO Says More H1N1 Infections Possible; U.S. Commits $1B
Countries should be ready for more H1N1 flu infections and more deaths.
H1N1 May Have Been in Swine For Years
CDC official calls for more systematic surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs.
Smithfield Foods Target of Legal Action
Action involves first U.S. death attributed to H1N1 influenza.
H1N1 Detectives Search for Answers
Thorough investigation could be key to preventing future epidemics.
CDC: H1N1 Still Poses Threat
Average levels of influenza still high for mid-May.
Scientists Seek H1N1 Animal Impact Clues
Pigs may be at more risk from people than people are from pigs.
H1N1 Tops WHO Agenda
The World Health Organization will conduct its annual meeting this week. Members will discuss policies governing pandemic declarations.
Breaking H1N1's Genetic Code
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has mapped the genetic code for the Type A H1N1 influenza virus, which will help provide answers for animal impact.
USMEF Attempting to Lift China Pork Ban (audio)
Joel Haggard provides an update on efforts to persuade China to lift the ban it imposed on U.S. pork exports following confirmation of H1N1 Influenza in the United States.
H1N1 Flu: Alberta Herd Partially Culled
The Alberta swine herd which had been infected with Type A H1N1 from a worker has been quarantined and partially culled to alleviate overcrowding.
Purdue Researcher Focusing on 2009 H1N1 Vaccine
Using a method he developed for the H5N1 bird flu, Purdue University researcher Suresh Mittal believes he will be able to create a vaccine that will work against the Type A H1N1, or the 2009 H1N1 flu strain and its variants.
Trade Officials Seek End to Pork Bans
In all, 16 countries have bans on pork or pork products.
Deen Calls on America to Reject Myths, Misinformation
Celebrity cook Paula Deen has heard enough of the myths and misinformation surrounding the safety of pork since the H1N1 flu virus was detected in
WHO Wants Countries to Justify H1N1 Actions
World Health Organization officials are asking countries that took "significantly different" measures to combat Type A H1N1 influenza, such as restricting pork trade and international travel, to justify their actions.
Iowa State Researcher Developing H1N1 Swine Vaccine
The Type A H1N1 virus has now been found in a Canadian swine herd, and an
International Markets Respond to H1N1 Virus (audio)
The outbreak of H1N1 flu is having a significant effect on pork exports, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation Mexico City Director Chad Russell.
Iowa Facility Advances Influenza Research
The information helps veterinarians and producers understand the health status of their animals.
'Pork Is Safe To Eat, Handle,' Says NPB
"Pork is safe to eat and handle," the U.S. pork industry continues to reassure people in the wake of a report from Canada that pigs in an Alberta pork operation may have contracted the Type A H1N1 virus.
Novak addresses H1N1 on AgriTalk (audio)
Chris Novak, CEO of the National Pork Board, says consumer surveys show that less than 10 percent of consumers are confused about pork safety in the wake of media coverage of the H1N1 virus.
H1N1 in Canadian Pigs Raise Biosecurity Priorities
Canadian officials are reporting, but have not fully confirmed, that pigs in an Alberta pork operation contracted the new strain of the H1N1 virus.
More Advice for Protecting Swine Herds
“Influenza is strictly a disease of the respiratory system, and these viruses are not known to infect meat,” said Beth Young, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian and swine disease expert.
Industry Insight: A Dose of the The New Reality
As the week comes to a close, anyone who works in the pork industry likely feels a bit run down, and it has nothing to do with contracting an actual viral infection, but it has everything to do with H1N1 influenza and its unfolding story.
Modern Farm Animal Housing Reduces Disease Risks
Animal Agriculture Alliance officials are extremely dismayed, but not surprised, to learn that a number of groups have attempted to use the recent outbreak of Type 2 H1N1 influenza to advance their anti-modern agriculture and animal rights' agendas.
WHO Changes Flu Name
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will join other U.S. government agencies and will stop calling the current influenza outbreak "swine flu."
NPB, USDA Call it H1N1 Flu
The National Pork Board is now calling the influenza outbreak the H1N1 flu, aligning with the USDA.
Flu Epidemic Not Related to Swine, Agriculture
Despite its name, don't blame the recent outbreak of H1N1 or too commonly calls "swine" flu on pigs, says Scott McVey, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the University of Nebraska.
CDC, USDA Emphasize Pork and Hogs are Safe
Pork is safe to eat, and direct contact with swine is not the source of the hybrid influenza that has been identified in a number of people in the United States and more than 1,300 in Mexico.
Pork Industry's Economic Hit from New Flu
It could take weeks — or longer — before U.S. pork producers recover from export restrictions tied to a worldwide.
Smithfield Says Swine Flu Not Found
The company is cooperating with Mexican health officials to aid the investigation.
Industry Stresses Pork is Safe
The National Pork Board said it "wishes to reassure the public that pork is safe and will continue to be safe to consume."
Swine Flu Wrong Name
A more logical name for it would be "North American influenza," a name based on its geographic origin.
Pork Producers Should Protect Herds
The National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board are urging all pork producers to take steps to prevent their pigs from contracting swine influenza.
NPB Advises Producers to Increase Biosecurity
The National Pork Board is urging pork producers to enhance the biosecurity plans on their farms as the result of a new strain of the swine influenza virus type H1N1 being reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
U.S. Declares National Health Emergency
The United States declared a national health emergency Sunday amid confusion about the severity of an outbreak of swine flu and the number of those affected.
Swine Flu Causes Deaths in Mexico; Raises Concerns in U.S.
A quickly developing swine influenza outbreak has health officials in the United States and Mexico searching for answers. It