Scientific American Finds U.S. Pig Farms May Be 'Flu Factories'
January 13, 2011
An article just published in Scientific American says that American pig farms are virtually "flu factories." Industry results of pig flu tests are kept confidential, and the pork industry is reluctant to share data with health officials.
Earlier in 2010, the CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture finally implemented a surveillance system for pig-borne illness -- but the program requires the support of pork producers.
"National Pork Producers Council ... spokesman Dave Warner acknowledged that some producers may be averse to reporting sick pigs because they're afraid that the government will quarantine them."