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H1N1: What You Should Know

er individual. Influenza viruses may also be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets on another person or an object and then touches their own or another's mouth or nose. You cannot get H1N1 from handling raw pork or eating cooked pork.

Is the H1N1 virus spread through animals?

It appears that the virus is spreading from humans to humans. No evidence indicates that any of the human illnesses resulted from contact with pigs or other animals.

Isn't it better to be cautious?

According to the most reputable health organizations, including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Departments of Agriculture and U.S. Health and Human Services, the H1N1 flu strain cannot be transmitted by eating pork; it is not a food safety issue. To be cautious, you need to take measures to avoid coming into contact with the virus, such as frequent hand washing. Visit for more information.

It doesn't seem clear to me.

The facts are clear. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has not found any evidence to indicate that any of the illnesses resulted from contact with pigs. The CDC web site states, "Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe."

When should I seek medical care?

Signs that you should seek immediate attention include: difficulty in breathing or chest pain, discoloration of the lips, vomiting and inability to keep liquids down, dizziness, absence of urination or seizures.

Can pork be part of a healthy diet?

Absolutely. Lean cuts such as tenderloin and pork chops rival chicken as an ideal protein source. Pork provides many under-consumed nutrients such as potassium, phosphorous and vitamin B12, a vitamin found onl

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