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Swine flu is dominating the news this week, and it has many Americans concerned. Meanwhile, the pork industry has concerns of its own, and is trying to get the word out that a person cannot get swine flu from eating pork and pork products. KSMU’s Alvin Chen reports.
Diane Slater is the Director of Communications for the Missouri Pork Association. She says there’s been a decrease in pork sales in the past few days. She believes that’s based on the fact that the current virus is inappropriately named.
Slater says the flu virus that is of concern right now should be referred to as the 2009 H1N1 virus. She says experts have confirmed that a person cannot get the virus by eating pork.
So far, all of the cases of swine flu, or the 2009 H1N1 virus reported in the United States were spread by human-to-human contact.
For KSMU News, I’m Alvin Chen.