Livestock officials monitor “swine” flu situation

By Peter Kent

Clemson scientists conducting swine flu researchAs cases of the H1N1 (swine) flu were reported in the U.S. and in South Carolina, Clemson Livestock Poultry Health veterinarians and staff monitored the situation closely and planned appropriate steps to protect animal and human health.

Scientists determined that the “swine” flu outbreak did not affect animals and that swine production operations currently do not pose a flu threat to the public. Clemson veterinarians also advised the public that pork, cooked properly, is safe to eat.

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, cash receipts from farm marketing for livestock products in South Carolina totaled $1.1 billion. Of that total, hogs contributed about $51 million.

The state regulatory agency for animal health and meat inspection, Livestock Poultry Health programs protect the quality of life for humans, as well as companion
and food animals. Responsibilities include surveillance for diseases that affect humans and animals, diagnostics to identify and treat animal diseases, and regulation of meat and poultry production in the state.

 




For information: Michael Martin, 803-788-2260 ext. 230, mmarti5@clemson.edu