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The best news for most Georgians is that it's not considered a human threat. In a very few cases, humans who have been in direct contact with infected animals have developed mild, flu-like symptoms. No one is known to have gotten the disease from eating meat from infected animals.
Farmers can learn the best ways to protect their livestock if the disease should enter the United States. Further information can help travelers avoid bringing the virus home with them.
"So far, all cases have been traced to animal-to-animal contact within the infected areas or feeding contaminated meat scraps to swine," said Robert Stewart. He coordinates Extension Service programs for the CAES animal and dairy sciences department.
"A ban is already in place on importing animals and animal products from countries where the disease is active," Stewart said. "But we're ready to handle the situation if it arises."