Monday, May 11, 2009
Kansas hog farmers are ramping up security efforts in the wake of the H1N1 virus.
Nearly 300 people in the United States have contracted H1N1, formerly known as swine flu.
Yet, so far, no hogs have the virus in the United States. But industry officials say that doesn't mean a potential outbreak couldn't occur.
There are about 1,500 hog farms in Kansas. The state ranks 10th in the country for hog and pig inventory.
The National Pork Board, along with the Kansas Pork Association, recommended heightened biosecurity after the news of the first case hit the airwaves. About 80% of the pigs in the state already had some type of biosecurity protocol.