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Reports: Unidentified illness kills more than 300 pigs in southern China

Reports: Unidentified illness kills more than 300 pigs in southern China

An unidentified animal illness has spread in two southern Chinese cities, infecting at least 1,300 pigs and killing more than 300, Hong Kong newspapers reported Monday. No human infections have been reported.
The illness started killing pigs in Yunfu city in southern Guangdong province in early April, eventually claiming the lives of more than 300 of the animals, the Ming Pao Daily News reported, citing government statistics.
The Apple Daily newspaper said the illness killed 80 percent of the pig population in Yunfu.
The Ming Pao said more than 1,000 pigs in nearby Gaoyao city have fallen ill since late April, with some dying.
Apple Daily said symptoms of the unidentified disease included loss of appetite, high fever and bleeding.
The newspaper said the disease had been spread by people dumping dead pigs by the dozens into rivers. The Ming Pao ran a photo showing a bloated pig in a river infested by flies.
The Wen Wei Po newspaper quoted an unidentified local official as saying that animal experts have ruled out a disease that can cross over to humans, but have not diagnosed the illness.
"Provincial experts have taken back samples. Authoritative results haven't come out yet," the official reportedly said.
Calls to Guangdong's health and agricultural departments and the Yunfu city government either went unanswered or rang busy.
A man who answered the phone at the Gaoyao city government denied that a pig illness had surfaced, or that any pigs had died for unusual reasons. The man refused to give his name.


Updated : 2021-10-16 04:32 GMT+08:00