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Pigs may have tested positive for H1N1


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture Department officials say pigs in Minnesota have tested positive for the H1N1 virus in a preliminary test.

If confirmed, this would be the first time the swine flu virus has been found in pigs in the United States.

The officials say further tests are needed to confirm that the pigs were infected with H1N1, also known as swine flu.

They say the pigs aren't showing signs of sickness, and that they may have been infected by a group of children with the virus.

Samples from the pigs were collected at the Minnesota State Fair at the end of August.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says test results should be available in a matter of days.

He says consumers shouldn't react by avoiding pork products -- and points out that there's no way to get swine flu from eating pork.

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