Swine influenza is a virus that can circulate in the pig population but is generally not fatal and does not affect the meat products.
Swine influenza, sometimes referred to as swine flu, is a virus that can circulate in the pig population but is generally not fatal and does not affect the meat products. Influenza viruses are classified by the types and further classified by strains. Like people, pigs are susceptible to many strains of flu, and, like people, a full recovery is expected.
Swine influenza is a zoonotic disease and can occasionally be transmitted to humans. Human infection with flu viruses from pigs are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs, such as in pig barns and livestock exhibits housing pigs at fairs. Exhibitors and those in close proximity to the animals are considered at highest risk and should follow proper biosecurity practices to protect themselves and their animals. Soap and water are very effective in deactivating/killing the virus.
Information as of July 14, 2017:
As an extra precaution to protect exhibitors, the public and pigs at fairs and events, we suggest event officials implement preventative strategies at their fair or exhibition that will help to ensure proper biosecurity and hygiene practices are followed.
In order to help the public understand the importance of good hygiene practices, resources and proper signage are available courtesy of MSU Extension and its partners.
Swine exhibitors can be proactive by using different strategies to help reduce stress and minimize the spread of disease at their events this year.