Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reports that USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) has confirmed the presence of 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus in a pig sample collected at the Minnesota State Fair submitted by the University of Minnesota.
The Obama administration scored its first major foreign policy victory last week when U.S. trade officials announced from Hangzhou, China, that China intends to re-open its markets to U.S. pork and live swine.
Even if nobody gets sick with H1N1 flu at Jim Gibbens’ Hexagon Farms near Cando, N.D., the virus already has taken a serious toll there.
The villain isn’t the virus itself, actually, but the name by which it commonly goes:
North Dakota may soon be able to confirm its own cases of swine flu.
Probable state cases now must be confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. North Dakota’s state epidemiologist, Kirby Kruger, said the state is getting equipment to do the confirmations in its own lab. He hopes it will be ready by mid-June.
North Dakota has its first confirmed case of swine flu.
The state Health Department said a suspected case in a Burleigh County woman has been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the H1N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as swine flu.
North Dakota also has a probable case of the swine flu in a Ward County resident. That case has not yet been confirmed by the CDC.
Most of the population now has read or heard about H1N1 virus, also called the swine flu, and we would like to advise readers to stay calm. There’s no need to panic but it makes sense to take the same precautions you would to avoid the flu.
FARGO - The current outbreak of swine flu is raising unnecessary concerns and misconceptions, according to David Newman, North Dakota State University Extension Service swine associate.
NDSU Extension Service
, April 30, 2009
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