"The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (May 18) announced results of the regular influenza virus surveillance programme on pigs at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse conducted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) for February to April this year.
Among some 1,100 samples tested, no human swine influenza virus (pandemic H1N1) was detected.
A total of eight samples were found to contain viruses that were essentially swine influenza viruses but had picked up some genes of the human swine influenza virus."
Coming to a pig farm near you: a unique mix of genes that may yet infect you. Seriously, it is high time that both flu virus surveillance and vaccination was taken seriously in intensive pig farming worldwide.
Graphic of flu viruses mixing courtesy of Russell Kightley Media