The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will no longer quarantine swine herds when the H1N1 virus is detected. CFIA does say affected animals will be managed using the same veterinary management and biosecurity practices employed for other swine influenza viruses. This includes limiting opportunities for virus to spread to susceptible animals.
All herds in which the virus is detected will be monitored to verify that infected animals recover. In addition, surveillance for the presence of H1N1 in swine will continue to detect any changes in how the virus affects swine and to identify any changes in the structure of the virus. Canadian producers are encouraged to reinforce biosecurity measures at their facilities.
CFIA says this approach is consistent with the recommendations of the World Organization for Animal Health, and is based on research and observations made since the virus was first detected in swine. The agency also says Canada's slaughter system contains multiple inspection points to ensure that only healthy animals enter the food supply.