Friday, May 1, 2009

OIE: Don't Kill Pigs!

...unless you plan to eat them.

The following came into my mailbox this morning
via Promedmail.org. It seems
that no one has been able to find evidence of H1N1influenza virus in pigs -BdG

The OIE [World organization for Animal Health] strongly counsels
against the culling of pigs in the current situation with A/H1N1 influenza
that started in North America.

Scientific information currently available to the OIE and partner
organisations indicates that this novel A/H1N1 influenza virus is
being transmitted amongst humans; there is no evidence of infection
in pigs, nor of humans acquiring infection directly from pigs.

Moreover, and despite the fact that the currently circulating A/H1N1
influenza virus is not simply a swine influenza virus (it has
reassortant genetic material of human, avian and swine origin), it is
important to note that swine influenza has not been shown to be
transmissible to people through eating pig meat or other products
derived from pigs.

1 comment:

Gary Allen said...

Does this surprise you?

Really, who could imagine that a society that is practically theocratic might conceivably choose to discriminate against a religious minority by destroying their livelihood and food supply -- or replace scientific evidence with taboo-based suspicions as justification for their actions?

Oh wait... isn't that the way the Inquisition worked?