Spread of Swine Influenza Needs Caution
Influenza viruses of various origins may become widespread amongst various animals groups – for instance pigs, birds and human beings – through genetic jumps, which indicate caution over their threat and the insidious spread of disease, adding to environmental costs and eruption of new diseases.
Here is a record of the effects in Britain of this possibility. The dangers are limited to livestock of all types in the farming industry. This illustrates the dangers of neglecting the threat posed by those insidious genetic changes:
This is a report by Les Sims, a vet in Australia (L. D. Sims, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVSc, MRCVS, Asia Pacific Veterinary Information Services,
PO Box 55, Montmorency, Victoria 3094, Australia) on research by S. M. Williamson et al:
This illustrates the complexity and international spread of viral diseases, of which there are several more to be added that are a cost of the meat industry. These reports and reviews are included in the Veterinary Record (15 September, 2012).