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Can I get swine flu from eating pork?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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