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Year Of The Pig Takes A Positive Turn – Richard McGregor

From Financial Times: The stench filling the air outside the Good Breeding pig farm in an otherwise bucolic mid-autumn day on Beijing’s rural outskirts is the best news Li Yongqiang has had for nearly a year. After cutting production in 2006 because of rising feed costs and low pork prices, Mr Li late last year […]

China Denies Cover-Up of Pig Disease – AFP

From AFP: China denied Monday it tried to cover up a pig disease that has killed tens of thousands of pigs in China and insisted that outbreaks in Vietnam and Myanmar did not come from the country. “The Chinese government has strict regulations on the reporting of epidemics and their disclosure,” said Li Jinxiang, deputy […]

Pig Disease in China Worries the World – Ariana Eunjung Cha

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

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. […]

Virus Spreading Alarm and Pig Disease in China – David Barboza

The New York Times reports that the Chinese government is playing down reports on a virus that is “sweeping” the pig population and impacting pork prices: So far, the mysterious virus ” believed to cause an unusually deadly form of an infection known as blue-ear pig disease ” has spread to 25 of this country’s […]

China reports pig disease death after giving all clear

From The Reuters AlertNet : A pig-borne disease that killed nearly 40 people in southwest China has claimed a victim in the far south, bordering Hong Kong, state media said on Tuesday, a day after the government said it had brought the outbreak under control. The new death and three separate infections were reported in […]

A Swine Mess – Bryan Walsh

From Time Asia: Chinese authorities say they have identified the virulent disease that appeared in Sichuan province in late June, which has sickened a suspected 212 people so far and killed 38: Streptococcus suis, a bacteria in pigs that very rarely infects human beings. Last week, a team of experts from Hong Kong who assisted […]

Pig disease kills 24 Chinese – AFP

From AFP, via OptusNet: As of noon on Tuesday, Sichuan reported 117 people had been stricken with the disease, of which 76 cases have been confirmed. Only five patients have recovered and left hospital so far. The disease, caused by the streptococcus suis bacteria, which is spread among pigs, has proved so deadly that about […]

Mysterious disease kills 17 in southwest China – Reuters

From Reuters: Authorities in southwest China are investigating a mysterious disease that has killed 17 farm workers and left 41 others ill after they handled sick or dead livestock, state media said on Monday. The government of Sichuan province has dismissed speculation that the deaths were caused by bird flu or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome […]

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