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Thu April 30, 2009
State's second H1N1 flu case confirmed
By AP / Scott Pohl, WKAR Radio News
Lansing, MI – AP / Scott Pohl, WKAR Radio News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday confirmed Michigan's second case of swine
The 34-year-old woman from Ottawa County west of Grand Rapids
was released from a hospital last week.
State officials do not know her travel history yet.
But state Department of Community Health Director Janet Olszewski
says many newly infected people did not travel to Mexico or other places with known cases of H1N1.
Meanwhile, Michigan agriculture officials are trying to calm any fears that the flu can be spread by consuming pork products.
Early news stories on the flu outbreak referred to the disease as 'swine flu,' causing concern in the pork production industry.
Agriculture leaders and veterinarians met Thursday at Michigan State University's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.
Sam Hines of the Michigan Pork Producers Association says farmers have been worried about the possibility of a drop in demand for pork.
The MSU lab is set up to begin testing immediately if any pigs appear to have been infected by the flu virus.
State Veterinarian Doctor Steven Halstead says no pigs have tested positive for the virus in the U.S.
People who have questions about swine flu are encouraged to go to the CDC website, www.cdc.gov.