Danish Bacon and Meat Council

Swine Influenza

• In recent days, a number of human cases of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) have been
confirmed in Mexico and a number of southern US states. According to the US

authorities, those found to have been infected with the virus had not had any direct

contact with pigs.

• Further information confirms that the virus may has already spread to a number of
other countries by person to person contact. As a consequence, health authorities

around the world have already implemented measures to monitor any further

spread of the virus and introduced controls to prevent its further spread, as well as

issuing advice that all individuals should follow accepted procedures in minimising

the risk of human to human transmission. In Denmark, this work will be coordinated

by Sundhedsstyrelsen (National Board of Health).

• The H1N1 virus has been previously identified in pigs and, on rare occasions, has
been found in humans who have had direct contact with pigs. However, the new

virus type, which contains genetic material from birds, pigs and humans, has still

not been found in any pig populations around the world and “should not yet be

described as swine flu” according to Kristian Moeller, the Director of the National

Veterinary Institute in Copenhagen.

• The advice from the WHO and other health authorities is that humans are at no
risk of infection from H1N1 from eating pork products and that all meat should be

properly cooked before consumption.

• For further information, visit….

World Health Organisation (WHO)


Center for Disease Control and Prevention


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control


Sundhedstyrelsen (National Board of Health – Denmark)


28th April 2009