Hog farm in Canada infected with deadly virus

From NBC12 News

OTTAWA (AP) - Officials say pigs on a Canadian farm have been infected with the new swine flu virus, apparently by a farm worker back from Mexico, and are under quarantine.

It is the first known case of pigs having the new strain.

Officials were quick to point out that swine flu regularly causes outbreaks in pigs and that pigs do not pose a food safety risk.

The traveler has recovered, and the estimated 200 sickened pigs in Alberta are recovering as well.

No pigs have died, and officials say they don't think the flu has spread beyond the farm.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Canada has taken the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease and that there have been no reports of the virus in U.S. pigs.

Meanwhile Mexican officlas report three more have died from the virus.

That brings the worldwide death toll to 19.

However, fewer people with virus symptoms are showing up at hospitals in Mexico.

The virus has spread to 17 countries.

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