South Korea: more H1N1 at pig farms

31-12-2009 | |

South Korea has reported another case of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) infection at a local swine farm, adding to a growing list of pigs infected with the flu, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports on the basis of local news stories.

The latest outbreak occurred in a pig farm in Jeungup, Jeolla province, marking the 16th confirmed case of influenza A (H1N1) infection since mid-December when five farms reported infection for the first time in the country.

Human contacts
Authorities are suspecting pigs in the latest case might have contracted the virus through human contacts and expecting them to be naturally cured.

The South Korean farm ministry plans to take quarantine measures and vaccinate hog industry and health workers in an effort to stem further spread.

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Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world