OUTBREAK

Farmers: Humans Could Give Pigs Flu

We may think swine flu is spreading from pigs to people, but what about from people to pigs? Turns out no pigs have caught the virus yet, and pig farmers are worried that their herds will contract the disease from infected humans. Pig pens around the country are in a state of lockdown, with extremely limited access to outsiders. Veterinarians are warning farmers to keep an eye on pigs with "coughing, runny nose, fever and a reduction in feed intake.” Said the chief vet for National Pork Producers: "If humans give it to pigs, we don't have things like Tamiflu for pigs. We don't have antivirals. We have no treatment other than to give them aspirin.”