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Pigs at State Fair may have tested positive for the H1N1

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pigs in Minnesota may have tested positive for the H1N1 virus in a preliminary test, according to the Associated Press.

Samples from the pigs were collected at the Minnesota State Fair between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1.

The AP reported that the pigs did not exhibit any signs of sickness and may have been infected by a group of children with the virus.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that results would be available in a few days.

“The potentially positive test was discovered by a CDC research project conducted by the University of Iowa and University of Minnesota, which is documenting instances of influenza viruses where humans and pigs regularly interact, such as state fairs,” the AP stated.

Vilsack also reiterated that people cannot get the flu from eating pork products.

If the samples do come back positive, it will be the first case of the H1N1 virus in swine in the United States.

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