China Defends Handling of Disease Outbreak in Pigs – AP

Following international media reports that the government had downplayed news about the blue ear pig disease, which has spread to 25 provinces, officials denied the reports. From the AP:

China rejected criticism that it had downplayed an outbreak of a disease in pigs, saying Monday it had been “open and transparent” with the international community.

As of Sunday, blue ear pig disease had spread to 26 Chinese provinces, killing 68,000 pigs and prompting officials to destroy an additional 175,000 pigs, said Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer with the Ministry of Agriculture. [Full text]

See also a China Daily report.


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