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Results of Regular Influenza Virus Surveillance in Pigs

2013 / 2014 Surveillance Periods

Surveillance Period

No. of Specimens

No. of Viral Isolates

Human Swine Influenza (H1N1)

Swine Influenza with Human Swine Influenza Gene

Other Swine Influenza

Total

February 2013 – April 2013

1196

0

20

3

23

May 2013 –
July 2013

1440
0
10
1
11

August 2013 –
October 2013

1222
0
18
0
18

November 2013 –
January 2014

1523
0
8
4
12

Total

5381

0

56

8

64

Remarks:

  1. According to the World Health Organization, human swine influenza will not be contracted by consuming pork and pork products that are handled properly and thoroughly cooked. Members of the public are advised that it is safe to eat pork and pork products that are cooked to an internal temperature of 70 degrees Celsius or above.

  2. There have been similar reports from many parts of the world showing that swine influenza viruses carried the genes of the human swine influenza virus. At present, there has been no evidence indicating that such viruses may pose any major human health risk or cause problems in food safety.

  3. Other swine influenza viruses have been endemic in swine population for a considerable length of time and are also unlikely to cause any impacts in public health and food safety.

  4. Nevertheless, people handling live pigs are advised to observe good personal hygiene and put on appropriate personal protective gear.

 

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Last Revision Date : 27-02-2014