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OIE: Recent Identification of H1N1 in Animals Not Cause for Alarm or Trade Restrictions

Friday, November 6, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

With no evidence suggesting that animals play any role in the spread of Novel H1N1 to humans, the international trade of live pigs and other susceptible animal species and/or their products should continue uninterrupted, according to a statement issued by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

The OIE is closely monitoring the world animal health situation including infections of all susceptible animals with the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus.

“Pandemic H1N1 2009 virus infections in pigs and other susceptible animals were assessed as probable from the very first days after the virus was detected in humans. So, it does not come as a surprise that notifications of infection in new animals species are received; on the contrary it demonstrates animal disease surveillance is efficient and functioning to the benefit of all,” said  Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General.

Regular reports to the OIE show disease surveillance in animals and reporting mechanisms are functioning well and, that the very vast majority of OIE Member Countries act in full transparency with the international community.

To view OIE’s statement, click here: http://www.oie.int/eng/press/en_091104.htm.

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