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H1N1 discovered on two Danish pig farms

Batches of pigs on two Danish pig farms has been diagnosed with the novel influenza A virus (H1N1).

The information was submitted to the Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on January 9 by the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration (DFVA), part of the country's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fishieries.


The DFVA confirmed that about 950 out of 6,600 pigs from two Mid-Zealand pig farms, in Jystrup, Ringsted and Tølløse, Holbæk have tested positive for the virus. Three pigs died of the disease.


Restricted movement
The DVFA has restricted the movement of animals from the affected farms for a period of a week until all signs of the infection have disappeared.


Thousands of people have been infected with the virus over the last year, and veterinary experts have warned that poor hygiene among some farm workers could be to blame for passing the virus on to the pigs.


The spread of the virus within pigs is not uncommon, and many other countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the UK and the USA have already experienced outbreaks.


Related websites:
Danish Food and Veterinary Administration (DFVA)
Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture 
• Organization for Animal Health

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