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Can I get swine flu from eating pork?

You cannot get H1N1 influenza (sometimes referred to as swine flu) from eating pork. Rather, H1N1 influenza spreads the same way the regular seasonal flu does: through coughing or sneezing. You can also get the H1N1 virus by touching surfaces that have been touched or coughed on by sick individuals and then touching your nose or mouth. The best way to keep from catching the H1N1 virus is to get your annual flu shot.

You cannot get swine flu from eating pork. Although swine flu viruses cause outbreaks in pigs, few cases are caused by contact with live pigs, and none are caused from eating pork or pork products. H1N1, which was originally referred to as swine flu, is caused by one of the influenza viruses and, like other human influenza viruses, is usually passed from one person to another. It is very contagious, and is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, sending the virus into the air, where it is breathed in by someone else. Also, the virus can be present on the hands of an infected person and on objects he or she has touched.

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