Updated on 25/08/2016Swine 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. The 2009 outbreak of the human swine flu pandemic following the reassortment of several swine viruses, highlighted the need to monitor and study flu viruses in pigs. The Agency’s activities in this area involve four levels of action and expertise: reference work, epidemiological surveillance, research and expert assessment. The details follow.
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