Pork is on the menu

AS swine flu continues to escalate, local health authorities would like to ease public confusion surrounding one point - the flu cannot be spread by eating pork.

Vaccination co-ordinator for the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice, Leigh Eastwood, said she was surprised at the number of people coming to her concerned about eating pig products.

“It is a respiratory disease - it has nothing to do with eating pork,” she said.

In addition, Australia does not import live pigs so there is no risk of domestic animals becoming sick or being exposed to the virus and spreading it.

As further precautions are put in place, the Red Cross has advised that potential blood donors returning from Mexico will be deferred from donating for two weeks from the day they left Mexico.



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