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Can the H1N1 (swine flu) be acquired from eating pork products?

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Despite its popular name, the H1N1 swine flu is not transmitted from eating pork products as viruses and bacteria are killed when cooked at 160F. If pork is cooked properly, there is no danger of contracting the H1N1 virus - even if the pork came from an infected pig. H1N1 got the nickname "swine flu" because it is a respiratory disease in pigs caused by Type A Influenza that circulates in pig herds throughout the year. This type of the influenza virus usually does not infect people, but that has happened with isolated deaths resulting from the H1N1 virus, causing massive news coverage.

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