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Novel Influenza: What needs to be done in Europe in the next months?


Currently there is no evidence suggesting that the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus behaves in pigs in a different way from the other classical influenza viruses of pigs.


The virus only causes a mild respiratory disease and apart from swine, so far no other animal species has shown to be susceptible to the novel influenza virus in nature.

The novel virus spreads from human to human and is causing a human influenza pandemic in accordance with the declaration made by WHO on 11 June 2009. Therefore the European Commission had, with the support of ECDC and EFSA, organized a brainstorming meeting of scientists, risk assessors and risk managers on the influenza A(H1N1) at the human animal interface on 9 June 2009 in Brussels. Scientists from the public health, animal health and food safety field from the EU, USA, Canada and Russia attended the meeting. For the background document, the agenda and presentations of the meeting as well as the conclusion: LINK