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Little Risk From Pork

THE risk of catching the H1N1 flu virus from pork is "totally negligible," the United Nations food agency said yesterday, reinforcing expert views that pigs infected with the strain pose very little public health danger.

But Joseph Domenech, chief veterinary officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, said it did make sense to wear protective clothing and take other precautions when handling live pigs. As many as 20 governments have imposed import bans on live pigs and meat from affected countries to prevent their exposure to the virus. Such fears increased after Canadian authorities said on Saturday a herd of swine was infected by a farmer who had returned from Mexico.


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