The ongoing swine flu has Livestock and Poultry Health officials at Clemson University monitoring the situation. The officials want to be prepared should pigs begin to contract the influenza to protect the health of the livestock. Dr. Michael Martin, the Veterinary Epidemiologist at the State Vet’s Office, says that any concerns to eat pork is baseless and that, in fact, the swine flu is only found in humans. “The version of the flu that the concern is about is not in any of the pigs in the U.S. or anywhere in the world that we know of,” said Martin.
“None of the human cases have had exposure to pigs and, so, there is a lot of misuderstanding that people should be worried about eating pork. Pork is completely safe, properly cooked.”
Martin says that though there is no evidence of the virus in pigs, they want to be proactive and prepared. According to Martin, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting tests to find out whether swine do get it, and if they do, what the symptoms look like so we’ll know what to look for.
“We’re re-emphasizing with the farmers in the state that they need to take what we call biosecurity measures, the animal equivalent of making sure they wash their hands and so on, and making sure they are educated as to what those are like controlling access to the farm and who gets to get close to the pigs.”
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