We Pigs News for 08-08-2018

Pigs At Fowlerville Fair Test Positive For Swine Flu

The Livingston County Health Department reports the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development identified pigs at the Fowlerville Fair that tested positive for swine flu, or influenza A. The Fowlerville Fair Board has taken steps to isolate infected pigs to prevent additional exposure. Infected pigs began showing symptoms Thursday evening and laboratory results were confirmed late Friday afternoon. At this time, there are no reported human illnesses. The Health Department and Fowlerville Fair Board are reaching out to swine exhibitors, their families, and anyone who visited the swine barn at the fair to notify them of possible exposure to infected pigs. 

The Health Department is also instructing healthcare providers in the area to watch for patients with respiratory symptoms who report exposure to swine or who visited the fair. Swine flu can spread quickly between pigs and while rare, can pass to humans through droplets in the air when sick pigs cough or sneeze. Human symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and can include fever, cough, runny nose, and sometimes body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within three days of exposure but can occur up to 10 days. Currently there is no vaccine for swine flu, nor will the seasonal flu vaccine protect against swine flu; however, antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, are said to be an effective form of treatment. 

The Health Department’s full release can be viewed at the attachment below. 

Keywords: [“swine”,”pigs”,”flu”]
Source: http://whmi.com/news/article/pigs-fowlerville-swine-flu

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Scientists Successfully Transplant Lab-Grown Lungs Into Pigs

Thanks to medical technology that has helped lead to the development of organ transplants, this has resulted in many lives being saved, where organs such as hearts, lungs, livers, and kidneys have over the years been successfully transplanted from one person to the other. The problem with transplants is that you need to find a donor that matches you. Given that some organs cannot be transplanted from a living person to another, this narrows down the availability options even more, which is one of the reasons why the black market on organs is thriving. There is a glimmer of hope on that horizon, thanks to scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch where they have successfully managed to transplant lab-grown lungs into a pig. Of course this is a long way off from creating lungs that can be transplanted into humans, but the fact that it was successfully transplanted into a pig who survived is a huge step. 

Like we said, there is still a long way to go before this tech can be applied to humans, if at all. This is because there needs to be studies done to see how long/durable these lab-made lungs hold up over the years, and if there might be any negative side-effects. 

Keywords: [“transplant”,”lung”,”study”]
Source: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2018/08/scientists-transplant-lab-grown-lungs-pigs

Scientists Created Lab-Grown Lungs And Transplanted Them Into Pigs

Lab-grown lungs were successfully transplanted into pigs for the first time. Scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch are celebrating a breakthrough as they successfully transplanted lab-grown lungs into pigs. This took 30 days inside a bioreactor tank, where the lungs were pumped with nutrients. During the experiment, the pigs’ left lungs were transplanted alongside a bioengineered lung. While the lungs functioned during the study, they weren’t connected to pulmonary arteries. 

The transplanted lungs developed blood vessels and connected to the rest of the pigs’ vascular system, according to Popular Science. Back in 2014, Joan Nichols and her team bioengineered a human lung. Engineered pig lung transplant ‘a success’ https://t. The researchers hope that the technology could one day be used for human lung transplants. Great! 

U.S. researchers transplant bioengineered lungs into pigs without complication. All of pigs that received a bioengineered lung stayed healthy https://t. It looks like the road is still long before human bioengineered lung transplants could take place. 

Keywords: [“lung”,”pig”,”transplant”]
Source: https://www.inquisitr.com/5014844/scientists-created-lab-grown…

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