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Published October 16, 2009, 06:47 PM

3 Pigs at MN State Fair Might Have Had Swine Flu

If confirmed, would be the first cases of H1N1 in U.S.

By: Steve Karnowski, AP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials say they're waiting for confirmation on whether three pigs at the Minnesota State Fair tested positive for the swine flu virus, which would make them the first U.S. cases of the disease in swine.

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson said the three pigs probably were sent to slaughter some time after the fair ended on Labor Day.

But he and other officials stressed there is no danger to human health from the discovery.

They say swine flu is a respiratory disease, not a foodborne illness, and that it can't be caught from eating pork or pork products because it's not present in them.

Hugoson says farmers will continue watching their herds for flu symptoms, and inspectors at slaughterhouses will continue to reject any pigs showing disease symptoms.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.