Hog Disease Spreads in China – Daniel Schearf

Rising pork prices have brought attention to the pig crisis in China. Over 46,000 pigs in 22 provinces have been infected with “Blue Ear” , the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, this year. Chinese health agencies are working to find a vaccine, but the contends that the Chinese government has been slow to respond to the spreading disease.

From Voice of :

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China’s top veterinarian Jia Youling told reporters the highly pathogenic disease, “Blue Ear,” is to blame for most of the pig deaths last year. . .

Up to a million pigs died last year from the disease. . . But it had mutated in China, making it hard to identify and becoming more deadly to pigs.

“This variation of Blue Ear disease is a completely new variation,” said Jia. “It is the first our country and the world has experienced this kind of the disease.” [Full Text]

See also the Xinhua article on the .

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