ROURKELA: AMID reports of swine flu scare spreading in Orissa, the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district has taken precautionary measures to face the menace effectively. There has been no established positive case of the influenza, yet leaving nothing to chance the district health and veterinary administration have swung into action.

It is unfortunate that family members of the patient recently isolated at the Chicalim Cottage Hospital on account of Swine Flu say they are being shunned by people around them. Swine Flu, like any other ordinary flu, is completely curable. Once cured, a patient cannot infect anyone else.

Aizawl: As many as 501 pigs in Mizoram have fallen prey to swine fever and the monetary losses have been estimated at Rs 25 lakh, veterinary officials said on Tuesday. However, the officials assured that there was no reason to panic as swine fever cannot be contracted by human beings, unlike swine flu.

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- Scientists had warned of pandemic after detecting virus in pigs and humans

Researchers in Calcutta saw a global swine flu pandemic coming more than two decades ago when they detected the H1N1 virus in both pigs and humans in the city.

Aizawl: Veterinary officials have identified the disease that killed about 100 pigs in Kolasib district of Mizoram over the last few days as 'Swine Fever', and not the dreaded Swine Flu of the H1N1 virus. ''Swine fever was first detected in Mizoram in 1980. A number of pigs have fallen prey to this disease. It should not be mistaken with the dreaded H1N1 virus.

Ranchi Veterinary College under Birsa Agriculture University (BAU), Ranchi, has issued public notices asking farmers across the state to get their cattle vaccinated against swine fever after deaths of pigs were reported from Jharkhand and Bihar.

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Contrary to the popular assumption that the new swine flu pandemic arose on factory farms in Mexico, federal agriculture officials now believe that it most likely emerged in pigs in Asia, but then traveled to North America in a human.

But they emphasized that there was no way to prove their theory and only sketchy data underpinning it.