In Animal News on May 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm
Zoo members and visitors, rest assured–it is OK to visit your favorite warthogs, pigs, and other swine-related animals without the fear of catching the swine flu.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu) is a human virus that is transfered to swine from humans, not the other way around. So you’re free to visit your friend’s pet pig or the zoo. Of course if you’re experiencing flu symptoms, you should stay away from people and swine to prevent further spread of the virus.
In Animal News on April 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced that the now infamous swine flu presents but little risk to cats and dogs. Only humans have been infected by the swine flu virus to date. And despite its porcine nomenclature, researchers have yet to confirm that this strain of flu evolved from pigs.
According to Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Hospital in New York City, “At this time there is no data demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting this strain of the virus. However, [guardians] of pet pigs, as well as farmers, should monitor their animals’ health more closely during this outbreak. Steps to limit possible transmission from humans to pigs and vice versa are recommended.”