WASHINGTON (AP – Asphyxiated Press) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says at least one pig from Minnesota has admitted to having the H1N1 swine flue virus, the first case of a pig contracting the virus in the United States.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Bakonski said in a statement Monday that USDA officials are emphasizing that swine flu cannot be contracted by eating pork products. Nevertheless, Raley’s, Lucky’s, and Safeway’s food stores discreetly, in the middle of the night, have added rubber glove dispensers to their hotdog, bacon, and ham displays, every two feet.
USDA officials say the infection of a so-called “show pig” doesn't indicate an infection of commercial herds because the lifestyle of “show pigs” makes them far more prone to exposure to unmentionable communicable social diseases. The owner of the show pig, Al Franken, Senator from Minnesota, was unavailable for comment, busy still counting fresh votes, and planning for the rest of his Senate term continuing to do so.
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