Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Egypt: No cases, but culling pigs en masse

"Egypt started slaughtering some 300,000 pigs in the country Wednesday as a precaution against swine flu even though no cases have been reported there, infuriating farmers who objected the measure and demanded compensation.

'It has been decided to immediately start slaughtering all the pigs in Egypt using the full capacity of the country's slaughterhouses,' Egypt's Health Minister Hatem el-Gabaly told reporters after a Cabinet meeting presided over by President Hosni Mubarak. "

In Jordan, five farms were shut down for health violations. Some of the pigs will be culled, while others will be moved away from the population.

****We want to reiterate that WHO and CDC are stating that you cannot get the current strain of swine influenza from consuming pork products. This current strain of swine influenza A/H1N1 is being transmitted human-to-human and no contact with swine is necessary to contract the virus.****

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