Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thailand Confirms First Case of Human-to-Pig 2009 H1N1 Influenza

Today, Thailand confirmed its first case of a pig infected with H1N1 contracted from humans, senior officials said. Below are some excerpts from an AsiaOne article describing the incident.

Agriculture minister Thira Wongsamut said that one of 80 pigs in a sample group tested for the virus at Kasertsart University farm in the central province of Sara Buri had contracted 2009 H1N1 influenza.

The ministry has quarantined a five kilometer radius around the farm, where university research is carried out, as a precautionary measure. Also, officials say that new health checks will be conducted at the farm every three days.

The ministry's permanent secretary Yukol Limlamthong said that none of the 132 workers at the university farm had contracted swine flu. He could not confirm if a research student had brought the virus in.

"We can not prove that, but the test results show the pig contracted the virus from a human," Yukol said.

Thira [stressed] that as mentioned before, eating pork did not pose a danger.

"The virus has spread from human to pigs in several countries. [But] we've had no case of it spreading from pigs to humans," he said.

Since the swine flu outbreak began in April, the ministry said it has tested more than 26,000 pigs for the virus and has confirmed 29,741 human cases of the flu and 190 of those were fatal.

The Thai government has a one-million dollar fund set aside to combat swine flu.

Source: AsiaOne News

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