Health Officials Step Up Scrutiny on Pigs

Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Sandy Bauers

05/18/2009 - As the H1N1 virus waxes and wanes among humans, health officials have stepped up scrutiny on a whole new population: pigs.

Are swine somehow culpable, as genetic tendrils of the virus suggest? And does the way we raise them, on industrial farms, create the potential for future pandemics?


But Bob Martin doesn't think bio-security is enough to ensure that flu viruses won't spread among the nation's swine.

Martin led a two-year study for the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production; its report was released last year.

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