UN to Examine ’Pig Farm Spread Flu’ Reports

28/04/2009 13:35:29

It is being reported by the BBC that UN inspectors are to examine reports that pig farms have spread the ’Swine Flu’ virus. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8022437.stm)

Reports emerged on Tuesday, 28th April that the first known case of Swine Flu had emerged a fortnight earlier than previously expected, in a village where residents had long term compliants over the smell from a near pig farm.

TimesOnline.co.uk ( http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6182789.ece ) are reporting:

"Residents of La Gloria have long complained about the clouds of flies that are drawn the so-called “manure lagoons” created by such mega-farms, known in the agriculture business as Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

It is now known that there was a widespread outbreak of a powerful respiratory disease in the La Gloria area earlier this month, with some of the town’s residents falling ill in February. Health workers soon intervened, sealing off the town and spraying chemicals to kill the flies that were reportedly swarming through people’s homes.

A spokeswoman for Smithfield, Keira Ullrich, said that the company had found no clinical signs or symptoms of the presence of swine influenza in its swine herd or its employees working at its joint ventures anywhere in Mexico. "

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