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:
ST. PAUL – “Swine flu” made an already-sick pork industry even sicker.
And while the rest of the world awaits a new, and potentially much harsher, round of what officially is known as H1N1 influenza this fall, pork producers fear that renewed talk of the flu will make a money-losing situation worse.
Continued bans on U.S. pork imports by China, Russia and more than a dozen other counties have baffled government and industry officials, leading some to speculate that the issue is more about market share than health concerns.
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