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H1N1 flu

Biosecurity Plans: Defending the Food Supply

If a disease outbreak occurs in today’s interconnected global economy, the stakes are higher than usual: Expect lost domestic and international sales, a damaged reputation, and even a hit to the U.S. economy from lost trade and employment. The desired outcome, of course, is to prevent disease outbreaks with strong biosecurity plans. Are today’s plans… Continue Reading

China Rescinds H1N1 Ban on US Pork

China will reopen its market to American pork exports, almost a year after banning the products over H1N1 fears, U.S. officials announced Thursday. “This resolution is excellent news for American hog producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statement.  According to Vilsack, his visit to China with U.S. Trade… Continue Reading

Implications of Rapid Diagnostic Testing

As part of the 2010 Annual Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, Symposium 3 brought together experts to present during a symposium titled, “Implications of Rapid Diagnostic Testing.” Presenters for this portion of the conference included Dr. Ian Gardner, MPVM, BVSc, PhD, of the University of California (Davis, CA) and Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, MPH, from the… Continue Reading

Hong Kong Discovers Pigs With H1N1 Flu

Five samples from pigs at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse last month tested positive for human swine influenza at the University of Hong Kong, the city’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) reported. As a result, the government has launched the Human Swine Influenza (HIS) Vaccination Program that is aimed at those involved in the pig… Continue Reading