Swine influenza is a respiratory disease that affects 50% of the swine population in France. It is generally benign but serious or recurrent outbreaks on swine farms can occur, leading to health alerts and significant economic losses. Swine influenza viruses have the potential for transmission to humans. Find out more about this disease and ANSES’s work on the topic.
Swine flu is a viral respiratory disease frequently occurring on French pig farms. It is usually benign but can be exacerbated or recur within a farm, generating major health problems and economic losses. These viruses have zoonotic potential (they can be transmitted to humans). The Agency’s activities dealing with these viruses are broken down into several levels of action and expertise – reference work, epidemiological surveillance, and research – providing input for expert appraisals.
The World Health Organization declared the occurrence of a human influenza pandemic due to the Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus on 11 June 2009. France had been preparing for this eventuality for several years, particularly through the French plan to prevent and control an influenza pandemic. At that time, the Agency was requested to assess the risks to workers, associated with the presence of the InfluenzaA (H1N1)2009 pandemic virus in wastewater.
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