Pig Disease in China Worries the World – Ariana Eunjung Cha

From the Post:

….Moving rapidly from one farm to the next, the virus has been devastating pig communities throughout for more than a year, wiping out entire herds, driving pork up nearly 87 percent in a year and helping push the country’s inflation rate to its highest levels since 1996.

…China says it is moving swiftly to stop the infections by quarantining and slaughtering the affected . It says its researchers have developed an effective vaccine in record time for the likely cause — blue ear , a reproductive and respiratory illness that is highly fatal in pigs but that so far does not seem to pose danger to humans. And it maintains that it has been “open and transparent” all along….[Full Text]

[Image: Lo Jinyuan’s sows gave birth to stillborn piglets. “Before we knew something was wrong, they were all dead,” he said. (Photos By Ariana Eunjung Cha — The Washington Post)]

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