HEALTH OFFICIALS CAUTION HOOSIERS AFTER RESIDENT DEVELOPS FLU FOLLOWING EXPOSURE TO PIGS
HEALTH OFFICIALS CAUTION HOOSIERS AFTER RESIDENT DEVELOPS FLU FOLLOWING EXPOSURE TO PIGS. The Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Board of Animal Health are urging Hoosiers to take steps to prevent illness while visiting events where pigs are exhibited following confirmation of a case of influenza in a resident with exposure to pigs. H3N2 variant influenza is most commonly associated with contact with pigs. The Indiana resident became ill after being exposed to pigs during a county fair that has since ended. Influenza viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs.
Human infections are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs, such as in barns and livestock exhibits at fairs. Hoosiers can protect themselves by taking the following steps:-Avoid eating, drinking, using tobacco or putting anything else in your mouth while in pig barns and show arenas. Avoid taking toys, pacifiers, cups, bottles, strollers or similar items into pig barns and show arenas. Wash hands often with soap and running water before and after attending pig exhibits. People at high risk for serious complications from the flu should avoid pigs and should not enter swine barns.
Fair exhibitors are encouraged to watch pigs for signs of illness, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, fever, cough or runny nose. People who must come in contact with pigs that are exhibiting signs of illness should wash their hands frequently with soap and water and wear protective clothing, including gloves and masks that cover the mouth and nose. Anyone with recent exposure to pigs who experiences symptoms that include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, headaches and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea should contact a healthcare provider promptly.
In the midst of his adolescence, non-indigenous pigs were quickly becoming a problem in Central Texas. Locals in the Mexia area distinctly recall the Brian Quaca they knew as a willing and able teen motivated to self-eradicating their oversize pest problem even from a young age. So the young man’s eagerness for hog-driven adrenaline rushes began as a delicacy compared to the deer and turkey hunts he had been used to. This was his specialty, and people acknowledged him because of it. His desire to find more efficient and accurate ways to handle the growing pig population eventually led him into a trade of a riflesmith.
Fresh out of trade school, Brian Quaca quickly gained a reputation as a respectable riflesmith who could turn an average rifle on ranchland into a superior and deadly-accurate weapon capable of stopping any animal in its tracks. As he quickly approached a total rebuild count of 100 guns, his clients were captivated by the high-energy hunts he engaged himself in. It didn’t take long for a few return customers to request the rifle and the riflesmith on their next hunt. Guiding his clients in Texas on these monster hogs he spoke of, they witnessed first-hand the intensity Quaca possessed during his missions to capture or kill pigs at all costs including his own personal injury. It was a man willing to persevere as if each client would make or break him.
His days as a part-time used car salesman and part-time riflesmith were quickly drawing to an end. As his notoriety as an individual and his reputation as an excellent marksman and archer grew, Pig Man began slowly easing his way into attracting high-profile clients to his private ranch in Groesbeck, TX. Triple-Q Outfitters was spawned as a result and continues to be his home base to this day.
Several other countries are monitoring the health of their Satins as they too have noticed problems with the breed. Problems have been noted since the arrival of the variety in the UK in the 1980’s, now it has a name… The Satin Study is still in its infancy in the UK and will take time to reach any conclusions. Guineas with OD may sit in a hunched position on their hocks. Satin guinea pigs generally are said not to live as long as other varieties, though there are exceptions of course.
Some breeders have noticed problems when breeding with satins. Some Satin sows have problems with birthing whilst others have none. It has become common practice to use a Satin carrier sow and Satin boar for breeding. The Satin variety of guinea pig has a polished ‘glass like’ sheen to its coat, quite different to that of other varieties. Satins with OD often have a high pitched squeak that disappears when they are made more comfortable.
Symptoms usually begin when the guinea is a year to eighteen months old, but some show symptoms earlier, other later, The hind legs are usually affected, the growth of fibrous tissue causes an unsteady gait, commonly known as bunny hopping. If you have an x-ray of a Satin you would like to submit to the study please send to Karen at the address below. Diagnosis is by x-ray ,though a clear x-ray does not mean the guinea pig will not develop OD. Although OD should be considered when examining Satins other conditions must not be discounted- Do not be blinded by the Satin coat… A group of breeders and guinea pig enthusiasts are collecting x-rays to send to the Netherlands for analysis by a vet with experience of OD in guinea pigs.