Baker believes pork producers should receive some priority for receiving the human vaccine when it becomes available.
The Pandemic H1N1 virus has never been found in U.S. pigs. “Based on current research with the virus, it has been determined that the virus is infectious in pigs and it will likely spread if it does enter our pig population,” Baker reports.
If the virus gets onto a swine farm, it means it was brought there by people, as the Pandemic (novel) H1N1 is currently a human virus.
“Quarantine of a farm would not be necessary or helpful,” says Baker. “From a public health standpoint, there would be no value in quarantining a pig farm in the case that pandemic H1N1 is discovered in pigs based on what we know today.”