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2009-04-30 07:30:00

SMITHFIELD, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- C. Larry Pope, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD), sent the following letter to all employees: To Our Employees: Like you, I have been closely monitoring all aspects of the H1N1 influenza outbreak (this is the official name of the mis-named but widely quoted "swine flu" since it has been determined by health officials throughout the world that the illness is a mutation of a number of strains)....

2009-04-28 20:47:00

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The flu virus infecting humans has not been identified in hogs in the United States or anywhere in the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said, "At this time, there is no evidence that this influenza subtype is present in pigs in the United States or anywhere in the pig herd in the world." The CDC has also said it has found no evidence to indicate that any of the human illnesses resulted from contact with pigs. U.S....

2009-04-28 15:33:00

SMITHFIELD, Va., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD) today reiterated its prior statement that it has found no clinical signs or symptoms of the presence of North American influenza in the company's swine herd or its employees at its joint ventures in Mexico. As previously announced, those operations are fully cooperating with Mexican officials and are submitting samples from their swine herds to confirm the absence of North American influenza. The company...

2009-04-28 12:22:00

CLEVELAND, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Jani-King International, a worldwide leader in the commercial cleaning industry, Jani-King of Cleveland is prepared to fight swine flu influenza A (H1N1) in schools, hospitals, offices and other facilities. With the CDC predicting that the number of reported cases in the United States will grow rapidly as students and tourists return from trips to Mexico, many schools have shut down for cleaning. "We are very concerned about the recent outbreak...

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2009-04-28 10:10:00

A U.S. nutrition specialist says shoppers should not refrain from buying pork products because of the current swine flu outbreak. Purdue University extension specialist Melissa Maulding says the flu virus is not a food-borne pathogen, and there is no risk to the food supply. The flu is a virus that is transmitted through interaction with people, she said. The biggest defense against catching the flu is to wash your hands. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S....

2009-04-28 09:48:42

A Purdue University veterinarian says flu viruses are named for the first animal in which they are found; the current swine flu was discovered in pigs in 1930. That discovery is the only reason the current outbreak is called swine flu, said Purdue swine medicine expert Sandy Amass. We don't even know if the virus found in humans will infect pigs. No U.S. pigs have been found with swine flu (H1N1) in the current outbreak -- only humans -- but Amass says pork producers should take precautionary...

2009-04-27 16:34:00

WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health today said leaflets with health messages had been distributed at the airport to passengers arriving from places where human cases of swine influenza were reported. The spokesman said surveillance and preventive measures being put in place at all control points would be under constant review and amended if necessary to keep abreast of the latest...

2009-04-27 11:07:00

Federal Health and Human Services Department declares a Public Health Emergency HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is working with federal officials to contain the impact of an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico that resulted in the declaration of a national public health emergency in the United States. The Department of Health is working to educate the public and health care providers of recommended steps to prepare for potential cases of...

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2009-04-27 11:25:00

The World Health Organization issued guidance Monday to globally track the swine flu infections apparently spreading from Mexico. The document will be reviewed weekly and modified in accordance with changes in the epidemiology of this virus, the organization based in Geneva said. As many as 103 deaths in Mexico, considered the outbreak's epicenter, had been blamed on swine flu, the country's health minister said. As the event evolves, there will be a need to switch surveillance activities...

2009-04-27 07:19:19

Health officials worldwide Monday worked to contain what they said appears to be a spreading outbreak of swine flu from Mexico, the presumed epicenter. In Mexico City, one of every five residents wore masks to protect themselves against the virus, CNN reported. As many as 103 deaths in Mexico had been blamed on swine flu, the country's health minister said. However, only 18 of the deaths were confirmed by lab tests to be from swine flu and reported as such to the World Health Organization....


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.