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    Chinese province checking pig deaths - International Herald Tribune
    Chinese province checking pig deaths

    The Associated Press
    Published: February 9, 2009

    A northern Chinese province has launched an investigation into the cause behind the recent deaths of more than 1,000 pigs, state media reported Monday.

    The official Xinhua News Agency said 1,056 pigs, most less than a month old, were found dead in 10 villages in one county in Shanxi province.

    China is especially wary of any unchecked spread of disease in its pig population.

    Two years ago, blue ear disease, also known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, killed hundreds of thousands of pigs before it was brought under control.

    The outbreak caused farmers to stop raising pigs because of worries they would become infected. That sent the price of pork ? China's staple meat ? sharply higher.

    Xinhua said animal disease control officials in Shanxi were carrying out the investigation. Officials have already started burying or burning the dead pigs.

    It said no contaminated pork had been found in stores or restaurants.

    Another disease commonly found in pigs, the Streptococcus suis bacteria, is known to infect people through wounds.

    An unusually large and lethal outbreak of Streptococcus suis killed at least 38 people in the southwestern province of Sichuan in 2005, mostly farmers who butchered or handled infected pigs. More than 200 people were infected. Pockets of infection were also reported then in Hong Kong and Jiangsu province in the east.

    Symptoms include high fever, nausea and vomiting, followed by meningitis, hemorrhaging under the skin, toxic shock and sometimes coma. Some patients have also suffered organ failure.
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    Re: Chinese province checking pig deaths - International Herald Tribune

    Pig deaths in N.China province confirmed to be caused by blue-ear disease 2009-02-09 22:46:50 Print

    TAIYUAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The death of 1,056 pigs in Hongdong County in north China's Shanxi Province was caused by blue-ear disease, local authorities said Monday.

    According to an official with the provincial agricultural bureau who declined to be identified, experts went to the scene Saturday to conduct autopsies. The lab of the Shanxi provincial center for animal disease control and prevention reached its diagnosis Monday.

    More than 1,000 pigs were found dead in Wan'an Township, Hongdong. The animals belonged to 65 households in 10 villages. About 80 percent of the dead animals were less than one month old,said Qiao Yongsheng, deputy head of Hongdong County.

    A thorough inspection was carried out in the county.

    According to Wang Zhijian, vice director of the Hongdong public security bureau, so far 637 pigs had been buried and 25 burned.

    In seven slaughterhouses around the county, 30 sick pigs were found, said Jing Beiji, head of the Hongdong bureau of commerce.

    To date, no contaminated pork had been discovered at supermarkets, markets or restaurants, said Shi Hongtao, head of the Hongdong bureau for industry and commerce.

    Editor: Yan