Link between factory farming and swine flu outbreak

04/30/09 Robert Lorei
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According to the Associated Press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of swine flu cases in the United States has topped 100, with confirmed infections in 11 states.

The CDC's count for the first time Thursday adds South Carolina, with 10 confirmed cases. The CDC update said there have been 109 cases including 50 in New York, 26 in Texas and 14 in California.

The Florida Department of Health issued a press release earlier today saying: "Currently there are no confirmed cases of swine influenza in Florida."

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

Here to talk about what many animal rights activists see as the link between factory farming and this outbreak of swine flu are:

Nikki Benoit Outreach Coordinator Florida Voices for Animals www.FloridaVoicesForAnimals.org and Danielle Bays the Farm Sanctuary Campaign Manager. FMI http://www.farmsanctuary.org

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