Jack Carson, spokesman for the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department agreed.
"There is no cause for alarm,” he said. "They are inspected and the farms themselves have their own veterinarians.”
Lindsey said the Oklahoma Pork Council obviously is concerned about the human health perspective.
"We’re very relieved it appears the virus ... has been relatively easy for folks to treat and deal with,” he said. "At the same time, our producers are suffering economically as a result of it.”
Though contract farmers don’t seem to be hurting as much, the financial impact on independent farmers can be staggering.
After 15 years as one of those independent farmers, Hoelscher said he won’t be able to operate much longer because he will run out of equity and the bank eventually will require him to shut down. He said a lot of farmers have mortgaged everything they have during the past year and a half.
Pig farms routinely look for and test for diseases, including influenza. Since the outbreak of swine flu, they’ve added that virus to those tested for, said Paul Sunderg, a veterinarian with the National Pork Board.
Sunderg said no regulation is needed because testing for viruses is in the best interest of producers. And the Centers for Disease Control has a long-standing surveillance program, he said.
"If people put into place the recommendations we have for biosecurity, that’s the best they can do at this point,” Sunderg said. "The pork producers are really paying attention.”
Tyson Foods routinely vaccinates all breeding stock for influenza, spokesman Gary Mickelson said.
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