Human swine flu confirmed in Minnesota pigsUS officials Monday confirmed that pigs at a Minnesota fair have caught the H1N1 virus, but insisted people could not be infected in·fect
tr.v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects
1. To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent.
2. To communicate a pathogen or disease to.
3. To invade and produce infection in. by the animals and pork remained safe to eat.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and served as the 40th Governor of the state of Iowa. He was first elected in 1998 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. said in a statement that the US National Veterinary Services Laboratories had confirmed the presence of 2009 pandemic pandemic /pan·dem·ic/ (pan-dem´ik)
1. a widespread epidemic of a disease.
2. widely epidemic.
Epidemic over a wide geographic area.
n. swine flu swine flu
A highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine. in a pig sample collected at the Minnesota State Fair . The Minnesota State Fair is the state fair of the U.S. state of Minnesota. It has been marketed for generations as "The Great Minnesota Get-Together.
But the statement said infection of a fair pig does not mean commercial herds were infected because show pigs and commercially raised pigs are kept separately.
"We have fully engaged our trading partners to remind them that several international organizations, including the World Organization for Animal Health, have advised that there is no scientific basis to restrict trade in pork and pork products," said Vilsack.
"People cannot get this flu from eating pork or pork products. Pork is safe to eat."
The infected pigs in Minnesota have so far not shown any flu symptoms and appear to be in good health.