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Old 11-08-2008, 12:53 PM   #26
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A thousand animals, barn gone ‘right down to the concrete’

BY SARA KEDDY
The Kings County Register


The fire that destroyed Jim Lamb’s Bind Road hog barn—and 1,000 animals inside—appears to have started from a malfunctioning propane barn heater. (Photo: B.Taylor/The Kings County Register)

There are highs and lows, and farmer Jim Lamb says a half-million barn fire Nov. 1 is “just one of those things.

“All the pigs—they’re gone. There were hardly any flames, because they were all trapped inside the steel of the barn. Once those things take off, they just go. This went right down to the concrete.”

The Bond Road (Somerset, Nova Scotia) barn’s alarm went off early Saturday (Nov. 1) morning, indicating one of the barns was too hot for the weaner pigs inside.

“It was,” Lamb says.

Waterville firefighters were first on arrival shortly after 6 a.m. and found the single-storey, H-shaped barn fully engulfed. Firefighters from Kingston to Wolfville responded in mutual aid, with Canning and New Minas standing-in at the Waterville station. Paramedics were on-site as a precaution, and RCMP closed nearby Hwy. 1, between the Bent and Rafuse roads, for over three hours because of heavy, drifting smoke. An excavator hauled down the siding so firefighters could reach the fire. Tankers shuttled water from a nearby pond, and Michelin loaned out a huge mobile exhaust fan to protect hogs in a nearby building from smoke.

Lamb says about 1,000 animals died on the fire—sows and babies in the farrowing space, bred sows and boars and weaner pigs.

“We’ll lose 10 weeks of production, and I’m just going to make some phone calls today to see if we can get some extra ISO wean pigs. We’ve got a vacant barn....”

Lamb’s Meadowbrook Farm celebrated its launch of new omega 3-enriched pork the last week of October and Nov. 1, the first farm to produce and market the higher-quality meat in Atlantic Canada. It also marked the one-year anniversary of the farm’s on-site meat shop.

Lamb says he has insurance on the pigs and barns—a $500,000 total loss, but how that will be settled is in the paperwork process now.

He did save 115 sows from a nearby tarp-covered shelter, damaged by the fire, moving them with help and livestock trailers brought by family members as the fire burned.

He also credited firefighters and the community for their effort during and since the fire. People showed up at the farm immediately afterwards with dinners and other contributions.

“Sonny Pinner—you know he likes to cook—he arrived with a pot of soup that would feed the Town of Berwick,” Lamb says.

“It’s all really appreciated.”

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Pig fire 'not malicious'

Published Date: 07 November 2008

AN early morning fire which claimed the lives of hundreds of pigs is not believed to be malicious, police have confirmed.

Over 800 piglets and at least 80 pigs were killed in the blaze at a piggery at the Nugent Estate in Portaferry.

The fire service were called to the blaze which broke out at approximately 7am on Friday.

Fire personnel battled the flames for over an hour but were unable to save all of the animals.

The middle section of the building bore the brunt of the damage, according to a fire service spokeswoman.

A police spokesperson said inquiries were ongoing regarding the circumstances of the outbreak.

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CDC reports swine flu virus in Texas patient

Lisa Schnirring Staff Writer

Nov 24, 2008 (CIDRAP) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in its latest update on the nation's seasonal influenza activity, reported on a person who was infected with a swine influenza virus following several exposures to pigs, including a sick one.

The CDC said the patient was infected with a swine influenza A/H1N1 virus. Although human infections with swine flu viruses are uncommon, many years bring reports of isolated cases, the report said.

The Texas Department of State Health Services, in a flu surveillance activity report for the week ending Nov 15, said the patient got sick in mid October. His or her specimen was collected and the virus identified during routine influenza surveillance. Texas officials, who gave no details about the patient's illness, said their investigation found no illnesses in his or her household or close contacts.
According to the CDC's background information on swine flu, the agency receives about one human influenza isolate each year that tests positive for a swine influenza virus. H1N1 and H3N2 swine flu viruses are endemic in US pig populations.

In September, researchers from the CDC and public health officials from Wisconsin published a case report in Emerging Infectious Diseases on a healthy 17-year-old boy who had mild respiratory symptoms in December 2005, 3 days after helping his brother-in-law butcher pigs.

At an outpatient clinic a few days later, healthcare workers collected nasal wash specimens, which tested positive for influenza A and were forwarded to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. Though further testing isolated influenza A, the virus didn't match human H3 or H1 subtypes or the H5 avian subtype. CDC investigators sequenced the virus, identifying it as a swine influenza A (H1N1) triple reassortant virus, A/Wisconsin/87/2005 H1N1.

The report said that triple reassortant H1N1 subtypes are the predominant genotype in North American pigs and that human swine flu illnesses often mimic seasonal flu infections. The authors recommended that clinicians ask patients with unexplained influenza-like illnesses about exposure to animals, including pigs, and visits to petting zoos and county fairs.

Human infections with novel influenza A subtypes now are nationally notifiable diseases in the United States, the group reported. Though human-to-human swine flu transmission is rare, the CDC said human infections with swine H1N1 viruses should be investigated to ensure that they are not spreading among humans—as spread could represent a pandemic threat—and to monitor changes in circulating viruses.
In 1988, an H1N1 swine flu virus was found in a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman who died 8 days after she was hospitalized for pneumonia, according to the CDC. Four days before she got sick she had visited a swine exhibit at a county fair where a flu-like illness was widespread among the pigs. Follow-up studies showed that 76% of swine exhibitors had antibodies to the swine flu virus, though no illnesses were reported. However, researchers found that one to three healthcare workers who had contact with the woman experienced mild flu symptoms with antibody evidence of swine flu exposure.

In December 2007, researchers reported that a new swine flu subtype found recently in Missouri pigs—H2N3—combined genes from avian and swine flu viruses, could cause experimentally induced infections in mice, and was transmissible in pigs and ferrets. The findings, which appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), bolstered the theory that pigs can serve as a mixing vessel for flu viruses and a possible source for a human pandemic strain.

The CDC said swine flu outbreaks in pigs typically occur in late fall and winter months. The agency said seasonal influenza vaccines are likely to partially protect against swine H5N2 viruses, but not the H1N1 subtype.

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Hunting ranch quarantined

Grand Forks Agweek
Published: 12/03/2008

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — State officials have quarantined a western Colorado hunting ranch after 14 feral hogs tested positive for a contagious disease that can threaten commer-cial swine herds, wildlife and pets.

It is the first case of pseudorabies discovered in feral hogs in the state, said Keith Roehr, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s assistant state veterinarian.

The Little Creek Ranch in Collbran, about 160 miles west of Denver, was quarantined last week, state Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said. He said the infected ani-mals were among 16 feral hogs and 20 exotic sheep that were seized as they were about to enter the ranch on Nov. 17.

Pseudorabies can cause abortions, stillbirths, respiratory problems and occasional deaths in animals, especially pigs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department said the virus has never been shown to be contagious to humans, but Hampton said it can spread to wildlife and pets.

The Little Creek Ranch is a licensed commercial wildlife park where feral pigs, also known as wild boars, can be hunted. Alan Baier, listed in state records as the registered agent for the ranch, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

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Phillipines finds Ebola in pigs


This was the first Ebola case in swine, and the government was closely working with the World Health Organisation and the World Organisation of Animal Health in carrying out further tests. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

MANILA - A STRAIN of the Ebola virus has been found in pigs at a farm north of the Philippine capital Manila, the country's top agriculture official said on Thursday.
The Ebola-Reston strain, however, was believed to have affected only domestic livestock and had so far not jumped between species, said Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap.

This was the first Ebola case in swine, and the government was closely working with the World Health Organisation and the World Organisation of Animal Health in carrying out further tests, Mr Yap said.

'This is the first time Ebola has been detected in pigs, but this is not a human health issue, but an animal health problem,' Mr Yap told local radio.
'There is no evidence that this could jump to humans,' he said, adding that Ebola-Reston was different from three other African strains that cause deadly haemorraghic fever, which has led to hundreds of human deaths in Africa.

Mr Yap said the farm, on the main island of Luzon, was being closely monitored. Farm hands and butchers had been tested, but results have so far come back negative, he said.

Other pigs on the farm were not infected, while old stocks of meat had been burned as a precaution, he said.

Mr Yap reminded the public to buy pork only from markets inspected by agricultural officials and to cook the meat thoroughly.

This was not the first time that the Ebola-Reston strain was found in the Philippines, Mr Yap said. Fifteen years ago, several Filipinos were infected by the virus that apparently jumped from local monkeys.
Only one of them developed a cold, that later went away, Mr Yap said. -- AFP

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Pig Ebola May Lead Scientists to ‘Elusive Reservoir’ of Virus



By Jason Gale
Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The first known Ebola infections in pigs may help researchers answer a question that’s confounded them since the deadly virus was first discovered more than 30 years ago: where it comes from.

International scientists will converge on farms in the Philippines to help local authorities discover how pigs contracted Ebola-Reston, a monkey-killing strain not known to harm people. The findings may help identify which species carries the virus in the wild without getting sick, enabling the pathogen to persist undetected in the environment, said Juan Lubroth, head of infectious diseases in the animal health unit of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Knowing the natural host of Ebola will help people better protect themselves against one of the most-feared infectious diseases. African strains usually kill 50 percent to 90 percent of those infected through lethal bleeding and organ failure, according to the World Health Organization.

“Since the 1970s, scientists, veterinarians, microbiologists and physicians have been looking at thousands of species to see if they can find this elusive reservoir, and we have been pretty much empty-handed,” Lubroth said in a telephone interview today. “This opens up avenues to delve into the ecology and do more searching.”
Ebola was first recognized in 1976 after an outbreak near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire.

Thirteen years later, Ebola-Reston was discovered in the U.S. in association with an outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever among monkeys imported from the Philippines to Reston, Virginia. The virus was found among Philippine monkeys in the U.S. again in 1990 and 1996, and in Italy in 1992. In October, for the first time, the strain was found in Philippine pigs.

Pig-Ebola Nexus
“What is the connection between the natural habitat of Ebola-Reston and swine production? That needs to be teased out in the Philippines,” Lubroth said.

Ebola-Reston turned up in six of 28 swine samples tested at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in New York, said Davinio P. Catbagan, the Philippines’ chief veterinary officer. The infected pigs were traced to two commercial and two backyard farms in three provinces north of Manila, he said. Further testing found no new cases, including among 42 people involved in caring for the animals.

“We’re still trying to find out how it came to the pigs,” Catbagan said in a telephone interview today.

Both Ebola, and a related virus known as Marburg hemorrhagic fever, are thought to infect humans via primates.

Snakes, Guinea Pigs
Disease trackers have tested everything from snakes to guinea pigs in the search for an animal reservoir and have been repeatedly led back to caves, mines and bats.
A 2005 study published in the journal Nature found evidence of symptomless infection by Ebola in three species of fruit bat in West Africa, indicating that these animals may be acting as a reservoir for the virus.

“It would merit looking at it in the natural habitat in the Western Pacific further,” Lubroth said. “We are only scratching the surface.”

The Philippines government said yesterday it would like technical assistance from the WHO, FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health in studying the disease and assessing what potential health risks it may pose.

“At the moment, it’s not a dangerous pathogen, but we cannot be sure it will remain like this,” said Soe Nyunt-U, the WHO’s representative to the Philippines. “We have to make sure we understand the ecology of the virus really well.”

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Doctor reiterates recommendation for burning of Ebola-affected pigs

December 20, 2008 5:44 pm by pna

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 20 — A former public health doctor here has reiterated his previous recommendation for the burning of all pigs affected by the Reston-Ebola virus in the country to ensure that this will no longer spread to healthy animals, including humans.


Dr. Jesus Canto, former director of Region 1 Medical Center and now councilor of Dagupan City, said the Ebola virus, Avian Flu virus as well as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus are cousins or have similarities in characteristics.
He recalled that when the Bird Flu virus raged on in some Asian countries, like China, Vietnam and Indonesia, they burned all the chickens affected in coops to contain the virus.

The owners of the pig farms where some of the hogs were found affected by Reston-Ebola virus must sacrifice for the good of the country and people, he said.

“Burning the affected animal is the only way to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus,” Canto said, adding that quarantine is a remedy but the surest way is to torch the sick animals and get rid of the virus.

Although there is no known animal-to-human transmission of Ebola virus recorded yet, the government must ensure that the virus will not really spread, he said.

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) found two weeks ago Reston-Ebola virus in hogs being raised in a 30-hectare pig farm in Barangay Parian, Manaoag, Pangasinan.
The farm, together with three other farms in Bulacan and Nueva Ecija, had all been placed under quarantine to contain the spread of Reston Ebola virus. (PNA)

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Viruses Reported in Philippines Pigs
By Pork news staff | Friday, December 26, 2008

The USDA's Plum Island Animal Disease Laboratory has isolated an atypical porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus from swine samples collected from pigs from four farms north of Manila. The pigs exhibited clinical signs similar to those observed in cases of Porcine High Fever Disease in China and Vietnam.

Researchers isolated PCV-2 and an atypical PRRS virus with 98 percent homology to the virus isolated from samples obtained from the outbreak in Vietnam. The PRRS virus is considered the most likely cause of the clinical signs observed.

The Plum Island researchers also isolated the Reston-Ebola virus from 6 of the 28 swine samples tested. This marks the first time the Ebola virus has been isolated from swine.

The Ebola virus belongs to the Filoviridae family to which humans and other primates are susceptible. It was first reported in the Ebola River Valley in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976. Human pathogenic strains can result in fatality rates of 50 to 90 percent.

The Reston-Ebola strain is different from other Ebola subtypes, which are all potentially fatal to humans. The Reston-Ebola strain is of Asian origin and can be aerosol transmitted unlike the Zaire and Uganda strains. Also, the Reston strain has not caused illness in humans who come in contact with infected animals.

This particular strain was discovered in the Philippines in 1989 among crab-eating monkeys being exported by the Laguna-based Ferlite Farms to the Hazleton Laboratories in Reston, Virginia. A number of workers at the Reston lab were exposed to the virus and exhibited a normal immune response but no clinical symptoms were observed.

Source: World Organization for Animal Health
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Bangladesh re-emergence of bird flu

DHAKA, December 23 (Xinhua Wang Xuemei)
Bangladesh Bureau of Animal Husbandry 23, confirmed that since the beginning of winter, Bangladesh 5 county of new bird flu outbreak has killed nearly pigs and poultry, but not yet on the human infection report.
Bangladesh Livestock萨拉乌丁officials told reporters that, since December, Bangladesh, eastern, western, northern and central 4 poultry farmers plant and a disease has appeared, after examination, confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N1 type virus infection. At present, the Government is actively taking measures to prevent the further spread of the epidemic, including farmers and breeders to promote preventive measures, such as plants. said that is not clear the source of bird flu, but is likely that the bird flu virus as the temperature dropped again active.
In March 2007, Bangladesh first outbreak of avian flu; in late 2007 to early 2008, bird flu in Bangladesh national large-scale spread of 64 counties in the country there have been 47 county report found that H5N1 avian influenza virus; by the end of March 2008, the National 150,000 poultry farms have been forced to close half, more than 150 million birds have been killed.
In May this year, Bangladesh Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of human infection with avian influenza virus, a 16-month-old girl was confirmed infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, recovered after treatment.
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Bangladesh re-emergence of bird flu

DHAKA, December 23 (Xinhua Wang Xuemei)
Bangladesh Bureau of Animal Husbandry 23, confirmed that since the beginning of winter, Bangladesh 5 county of new bird flu outbreak has killed nearly pigs and poultry, but not yet on the human infection report.
Thanks for the story. This is exactly the kind of event that I look for.
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Shit. T This story is a trasnslation error. Please disregard. I have searched and see no other pig stories from Bangladesh. My fuckup.Sorry.
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Deadlier than Ebola virus
By Dr. Philip S. Chua

Close this The recent incident surrounding the revelation of the discovery of Ebola Reston virus in pigs in the Philippines clearly underscores the incompetence, irresponsibility, and callousness of our government. It also highlights how reckless it could be with public health, safety, and the lives of its citizens. Given the choice between promptly informing the public for the prevention of a potential grave risk to people’s lives and protecting the pig industry, the government chose to safeguard the market and hide the truth from the people. Why am I not surprised?
Three deadly strains of the Ebola virus killed countless people in the Congo, wiping out villages, in 1976. That epidemic and the subsequent equally lethal Ebola outbreaks in the various parts of the globe created massive fear in people’s mind around the world.

Fortunately, the outbreak in pigs in the Philippines involved the Ebola Reston, a strain that infects monkeys and has not been found to cause disease in humans. But that’s beside the point.

While there is no scientific evidence at the present that Ebola Reston can be transmitted by animals to humans, the experts also do not know if “passing” from monkeys to pig the virus could mutate to a deadly strain like the other three and eventually develop the ability to infect humans.

The possibility of said mutation alone, and the subsequent potential grave risk, would have alarmed any intelligent and responsible person. But these qualities seem to be too much to expect from many of our government officials.

The following pertinent excerpts from the article written by Jonathan Cheng, which appeared in the December 19, 2008 issue of the Wall Street Journal, vividly illustrate how our government bungled the handling of this important public health issue:
“Global health authorities are preparing an emergency mission to the Philippines after U.S. scientists discovered a strain of the Ebola virus in dead pigs there that had previously only been found in monkeys.

“But (international) health officials say it is too early to rule out a possible threat to humans, and expressed concern over the fact that this incident, first revealed in an Oct. 30, 2008 teleconference between the Philippine government and U.S. health authorities, wasn’t made public until a news conference for local media in Manila last week.

“Pigs have served as genetic mixing vessels for viruses that pass from animals to humans, which makes the Philippine discovery significant ... When a virus jumps species, in this case from monkeys to pigs, we become concerned, particularly as pigs are much closer to humans than monkeys in their ability to harbor viruses,” says Peter Cordingley, Western Pacific spokesman for the World Health Organization in Manila.

“According to officials at the WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health and the Philippines’ Bureau of Animal Industry, pig farmers in three provinces near the capital of Manila began noticing high rates of sickness and death among their livestock as early as May.

“In August, Philippine authorities sent samples from the dead pigs to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York, where scientists detected the presence of several diseases, including a devastating pig virus known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, or blue-ear pig disease.

“Weeks later, during the October 30 teleconference, authorities at the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture were notified that scientists had further discovered Ebola Reston virus in six of the 28 pig samples sent to the U.S.

“The Philippine government waited until December 10 to make the presence of Ebola Reston virus public, citing concern for the pork industry and a lack of evidence that humans were in any danger.

“The WHO said it learned of the disease through the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in late November. Concerns have been deepening across Asia about diseases among stocks of chickens and pigs, including H5N1 avian influenza and blue-ear pig disease. The latest announcement forced the Philippines to abort its first-ever commercial export of pork, which was to be made to Singapore earlier this month.

“According to people at the WHO and the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health, known by its French acronym OIE, Philippine authorities decided to go public only after being pressured by those two groups and the FAO. Dr. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the OIE, said it was ‘not an easy negotiation’ to persuade Philippine authorities to go public with the news.

“He said the pigs were most likely killed by another disease, but that the presence of the Ebola Reston virus in pigs should be investigated to assess the risk to humans.

“The Ebola virus comes in five distinct strains, three of which are associated with the high-fatality outbreaks that first appeared in the Congo in 1976. In 1989, scientists discovered what would be known as the Reston strain of the Ebola virus among monkeys imported from the Philippines and kept for research in a Reston, Va., lab. A handful of humans were infected in that case, but only one person showed any symptoms, and fully recovered.”

If the World Health Organization and the international experts, who are foreigners, showed that much concern for the welfare and safety of the Filipinos, why don’t our government officials at least care as much, if not more, for our own people, instead of being blatantly dishonest and contemptuous of them?

But, of course, what else is new?

This cancer of indifference, immorality, incompetence, and irresponsibility afflicting majority of our government officials, not to mention the pervasive malignant graft and corruption among most of them, are far worse than the Ebola virus itself.

While even the deadliest Ebola strain can only kill its victims, the criminals and plunderers in our government, with premeditation, methodically kill not only the future of the Filipinos, but also their self-respect, hope, dignity, and pride as a people and as a nation.

These Philippine strains of eBola Trapo viruses (where “e” stands for evil and “Bola” for lies and larceny) are much deadlier, indeed!

My prescription: A massive dose of a truly united People Power vaccine for good governance to eliminate all these sickening bugs!

What are we waiting for?

Here’s wishing you one and all: A year of new vision and hope for our people and our nation.
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Hog deaths in Davao Sur still a mystery


By Orlando Dinoy
Mindanao Bureau
First Posted 17:36:00 01/08/2009

Filed Under: Animals, Plant and Animal Diseases


STA. MARIA, Davao del Sur, Philippines—The provincial veterinarian office on Thursday said the death of at least 50 pigs here since December was caused by a mixture of viral and bacterial infection.

But Dr. Nestor Barroga, provincial veterinarian, said they could not determine yet what type of virus affected the animals.

Barroga's statement came in the wake of the tests being conducted by experts from the United Nations on pigs in Luzon, where a strain of the Ebola-Reston virus was found last year.

Barroga said they were trying to immediately determine the type of the virus that downed pigs in at least eight villages here and that more samples have been brought to the regional animal center in Davao City for testing.

While veterinary officials wait for the results of the tests, animals here were still being quarantined.

Barroga said pig pens where animals have died had also been disinfected.
Renato Enanoria, regional quarantine officer, said the decision to quarantine animals here was arrived at as the type of the virus that helped down the pigs had yet to be established.

In the village of Pong-pong here, where most of the animals mysteriously died, residents said the incident could lead to the loss of their livelihood.
Ranilo Tiwi, a hog raiser here, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, he already lost nine hogs since the mysterious disease started to affect animals in December.

Mercy Olalo, another hog raiser, said their animals would suddenly become weak and eventually die.

"The pigs developed red skins and they salivate excessively," she said.
Tiwi said alarmed residents immediately disposed of their animals but buyers have since returned the hogs.

"They died as soon as they were returned," he said.

Tiwi said some of their neighbors have slaughtered their weak animals and either sold or consume the meat.

"In fact they have slaughtered it for fear that it will die," he said.
Justin Masaganda, municipal agriculturist, said they responded as soon as they got information that hogs were dying in the town despite being holiday.

Masaganda said they also advised residents against slaughtering the animals pending the outcome of the test conducted by veterinary officials.
Asked whether the hogs died of cholera, which has also affected some areas of Mindanao in the past, Masaganda said they have yet to determine it but that it was among their suspicions.

Antonio Lavega, municipal livestock coordinator, said they already told residents to bury the dead animals after testing to prevent more problems.
He said they were not saying that the disease killing the animals was communicable but that it was better to be careful.


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Dead, diseased pigs sold for food

By Li Xinran | 2009-1-9 |
SIX people have been detained in southern China's Guangdong Province for allegedly running a network that processed and sold meat from dead and diseased pigs.

Some of the stinking meat seized by law enforcement officials at the scene had been soaked in an unidentified chemical with a strong smell similar to the pesticide DDT, New Express Daily reported.

Assisted by local police, officials from the Guangzhou Industry and Commerce Administration raided the illegal butcher shop in a small village on December 30. The village is about 100 kilometers away from Guangzhou, Guangdong's capital.

A total of 4,000 kilograms of meat, 6,000 pieces of pigskin and eight suspects were seized in the operation. It was the biggest illegal butcher shop found in Guangzhou in recent five years, the authority said.

The shop is believed to have been open for more than six months.

The shop reportedly paid between 50 yuan (US$7.3) and 200 yuan for each dead pig. The parts and organs were then sold to small restaurants, street vendors, canteens or even meat plants and could make a profit of up to 2,500 yuan a pig.

Most of the pigs had apparently died of foot and mouth, blue ear or ractopamine poisoning.

The shop bought the dead pigs from pig farms in the morning and processed them in the afternoon. The meat was then transported to a cool store in Guangzhou's Houjiao Village about 9pm and distributed to markets early the next day.

The shop could sell a ton of this meat every day, sometimes even 2.5 to 3 tons, an unidentified source said.

The shop was run by two brothers, identified as Wang. Both were among the six detained.

Their father once reported their dubious business to local authorities but the brothers escaped punishment because of a lack of evidence.

Later they pushed their father down to the ground from second floor. The old man was reportedly seriously injured.

Some restaurants in Guangzhou were reported to be buying the meat at 6 yuan a kilogram and cooking it with braising sauce, while meat plants used the meat for sausages.

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Urgent mission to study Philippine ebola outbreak


An urgent investigation's underway in the Philippines by UN and World Health Organisation experts after ebola virus was discovered at pig farms in two provinces.

Presenter: Corinne Podger
Speaker: Dr June Hill, emerging diseases team leader, World Health Organisation, Manila



HILL: No, that's certainly something that has been looked at during this investigation and we're not sure what the natural reservoir of Ebola reston virus is. We believe that for some of the other ebola strains, that bats may be the natural reservoir, so the virus continues to circulate around in bats, it then spills over into monkeys, which is what we've seen in Africa, and may be the same situations here when we have the monkey outbreak previously in the Philippines, but exactly how the pigs acquired it here in the Philippines is one of the things that the teams are investigating at the moment.

PODGER: Now there is some question mark over whether or not the ebola reston virus can be airborne. Is it possible that it may have transmitted to the pigs in that way?

HILL: We don't know, there is no conclusive proof from the previous monkeys that ebola reston can be airborne. Exactly how the pigs acquired it, where they acquired it for, whether it was possible for pigs to spread it between themselves we don't know and that's all part of the investigation.

PODGER: Now ebola's greatest strength has always been its biggest weakness. In humans it normally causes death before they have a chance to pass it on. Is there any indication at this stage of how virulent the virus is in the infected pigs in the Philippines?

HILL: No, again that's another thing that is under investigation. Our understanding at this moment in time is that the pigs were infected with the ebola virus were also infected with some other pig viruses as well. And so we don't know what the ebola reston virus by itself in pigs, what kind of systems that might cause.

PODGER: In the meantime, what kinds of concerns are there for human health, both in terms of exposure to potentially infected animals, but also in terms of food?

HILL: In terms of the food, the message is that cooked pork, if it is well cooked, heated properly and cooked thoroughly is safe to consumer. We know that the cooking processes would kill this virus if indeed the virus was there in the pork products. We're also saying that the normal handling practices of raw meat are the best way to protect from this and many other diseases. But consumers here in the Philippines should only purchase meat from certified sellers and that all ill and sick animals should be reported to the authorities and should not be consumed.

PODGER: Now obviously, at this stage one would not want to start a panic. But for farmers, what are the signs of infection in case they perhaps have sick animals in their herds that they are aware of?

HILL: Right, we don't know exactly what symptoms this virus causes, but what we're seeing in the Philippines in the herds that pigs which tested positive, there was very high mortality in the pigs. The pigs becoming sick fairly quickly displaying symptoms of red skin, and high fever and a variety of other symptoms. So the herds that were shown to be positive to the ebola virus did show fairly dramatic and swift clinical symptoms. The agricultural authorities here are compiling that estimation and we hope at the end of the investigation, we'll be able to make a better description and be able to put those messages out.

PODGER: Are you worried?

HILL: We certainly believe that this is something that is new, it's unexpected, and it needs to be investigated.

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The Pandemic Alarm should ring if human Black Death cases uptake in the Philippines, considering Bird flu has also been identified as the Black Death culprit.




New Theories Link Black Death to Ebola-Like Virus

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The Pandemic Alarm should ring if human Black Death cases uptake in the Philippines, considering Bird flu has also been identified as the Black Death culprit.




New Theories Link Black Death to Ebola-Like Virus

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I can't link to your second article so no FLU reference there.

The first article deosn't reference Bird Flu at all.

So, where'd you GET your Bird FLu = Black Death hypothesis???????
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I can't link to your second article so no FLU reference there.

The first article deosn't reference Bird Flu at all.

So, where'd you GET your Bird FLu = Black Death hypothesis???????
By combining the second article and using the Transitive Property of Doom.

see thread: http://curevents.org/showthread.php?p=75127#post75127

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Pig-to-Human Ebola Case Suspected in Philippines
By DONALD G. MCNEIL JR
Published: January 23, 2009

In the first known case of what may be transmission of the Ebola virus from a pig to a human, a pig handler in the Philippines has tested positive for a strain of the virus, world health officials and the Philippine government announced Friday.

Reston — is not known to be dangerous to humans, and the worker, who was infected at least six months ago, is healthy, officials said.


The development is worrying, because pigs are mixing vessels for other human and animal viruses, like flu, and because it shows that pigs may also be able to transmit the lethal strains of Ebola. Far more humans are in regular contact with pigs than with apes, monkeys or bats, the other known hosts.

But Dr. Juan Lubroth, chief of animal health at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, said that there was “more need to investigate than to worry” and that many unanswered questions remained.
Ebola Reston, normally a monkey virus, was first found in pigs last year in the Philippines. Health authorities closed two farms and took blood samples from 6,000 pigs and 50 workers on the farms and in slaughterhouses. Only four pigs and the one worker tested positive, the Philippine health secretary, Francisco Duque, said at a news conference in Manila.

Dr. Lubroth said the first pigs tested were very sick, but turned out to have more than one infection, including a virulent reproductive and respiratory syndrome. The Reston virus may not have been what sickened them.

“But farmers, of course, would prefer to have pigs without Ebola,” he said. “So we want to do more testing to see what they can do to protect them.”

Broader sampling will determine, among other things, whether the disease is more common in pigs and humans than is known, whether it causes fever and how long its incubation period is.

Ebola Reston was first found in monkeys from the Philippines that died after arriving at a laboratory in Reston, Va., in 1989. Antibodies to it were found in more than 20 workers in several labs, but it is not known to have caused more than a mild flu.

By contrast, the Zaire, Sudan and Bundibugyo strains of Ebola, found in African apes, cause fatal hemorrhagic fever in humans.

It is not known how the pigs were infected, but Dr. Lubroth noted that studies in Africa found Ebola viruses in fruit bats. Similar bats live in the Philippines, and fruit bats are thought to have transmitted the deadly Nipah virus to pigs, possibly through their droppings or dead bodies.
Even if the Ebola Reston virus can be shared between pigs and people, there is little chance it will mutate to become more lethal, said Dr. Pierre Rollin, acting chief of special pathogens for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who also visited the Philippines for the investigation.

“This virus is very stable, not like flu or H.I.V.,” he said. “Previously, when the virus went from primates to humans, it did not change. The identical virus was found in both.”

Also, humans do not carry other members of the filovirus family that could mix with it, the way that influenza strains from birds, pigs and human can swap parts of genes.

The infection does suggest that pigs could transmit lethal Ebola, the villain of germ-terror movies like “Outbreak.” Fortunately, Dr. Rollin noted, there are no large pig-farming operations in Sudan, a Muslim country, in rural Zaire or in most other places where the fatal strains flourish.

“It’s probably a rare event that pigs get infected,” said Dr. Thomas G. Ksiazek, a pathogens specialist at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. “It hasn’t led to a past catastrophe. We’d know about a catastrophe.”

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Four more infected with Ebola Reston Virus


An additional four people were found to have been infected by the Ebola Reston Virus (ERV) bringing the total to fve.
The Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced in a press conference yesterday its updates on the ERV investigation found in pigs.

Health secretary Francisco T. Duque III said that the DoH is working with the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Occupational Safety and Health Center to create guidelines to ensure the safety of all animal handlers.

He insisted that protective equipment be used by all animal handlers.
The four people found with ERV antibodies were males who worked in the infected pig farms and slaughterhouses in Bulacan, Pangasinan and Valenzuela.

The DoH and the DA reiterated that the Philippines remains at a low risk level for ERV. This is because there is no evidence that there is human to human transmission.

Further testing, however, is still being done by the Center for Disease Control and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

"We urge the public to follow the four lines of defense to keep the risk of ERV low," Mr. Duque said.

These are reporting unusual occurrences of sick or dying pigs, preventing the entry of "double dead" meat into the market, enhancing bio-security measures, and cooking pork and pork products to 70 degrees C.

The ERV was found in some pigs in December last year. This is the first time that the Ebola virus was found outside of monkeys. One other person was found with ERV antibodies. In the meantime, the DoH and the DA asked consumers to check for the National Meat Inspection Service certification in the meat that they buy. — Emilia Narni J. David

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UNDIAGNOSED DISEASE, PORCINE - PHILIPPINES: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION************************************************** *****************A ProMED-mail

Salmonella infection in pigs rises----------------------------------Salmonella has recently infected more than 750 pigs in a town in Samar but agriculture officials said there was no cause for alarm. Leo Caneda, executive regional director of the Department of Agriculture, said at a meeting that 84 pigs out of some 8900 pigs in Sta. Rita, a town in Samar 40 km [24.8 miles] away from Tacloban City, had died of salmonella infection. Caneda said the salmonella infection started in December last year [2008] but was reported to the DA only on 20 Jan 2009.Some mayors from Samar, government agriculturists and veterinarians attended the meeting in Tacloban City on Friday [30 Jan 2009].Caneda said a quick response team from his office conducted a 2-day animal health mission on 28-29 Jan 2009 in the villages, treating sick pigs and conducting an information drive on salmonellosis and how to deal with it. Caneda also said he would lead a quick response team to Daram, Samar this week to validate a report that several pigs have shown signs of salmonella infection in 6 villages of the island town.Dolores Mustacisa, Daram municipal agriculturists, reported during the meeting that 10-15 pigs from each of 6 barangays in their town have manifested signs of salmonella infection, such as loss of appetite, diarrhea and high fever. Mustacisa identified the villages as Birawan, Soong, Calawan-an, Pondang, Buno-anon and Astorga.Sta. Rita Mayor Kim Adolfo said sick pigs in his municipality were either stray animals or from backyard piggeries that don't observe proper hygiene and sanitation. Adolfo said he had initiated the setting up of a checkpoint in Barangay San Juan to prevent the transport of sick and slaughtered pigs from his town to other places, especially Tacloban City, which is just at the other end of the San Juanico Bridge.Dr. Eunice Alcantara, Tacloban City veterinarian, said the city government has also set up checkpoints in the city.

The Department of Agriculture has called on local government units in Eastern Visayas to intensify security measures after cases of salmonella infection have spread to this city and the island municipality of Daram in Samar province. Local officials believed that the incident in nearby areas was triggered with transport of animals from the town of Sta. Rita in Samar where 760 pigs were affected.To avert the problem, the quick response team of the Agriculture department recommended the following: a ban on the movement of pigs from infected to non-infected areas; isolation, treatment and therapy for infected animals; ban on slaughtering of sick pigs; and setting up checkpoints in strategic places."We have to make sacrifice this time. It is very risky to transport hogs from infected areas even those that are healthy," said Agriculture Regional Executive Director Leo Caneda in a meeting with town mayors in the 2nd district of Samar.In a report, Agriculture officials confirmed that "most of the sick pigs from Sta. Rita town were slaughtered and some were sold to Tacloban City while dead carcasses were buried, thrown to the sea, rivers and canals."City veterinary office chief Eunice Alcantara said there were sporadic cases of suspected salmonella infection in some Tacloban villages last week. "We cannot confirm that it's salmonella infection. We're not able to get samples since people resorted to early slaughter after animals have shown some symptoms of the disease," she told BusinessWorld.Most of the reports are from the northern villages of the city. Checkpoints were set up in Diit village and Marasbaras district to check shipments from neighboring Leyte towns. Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez earlier issued a notice to residents to report any occurrence of salmonella infection.In Daram, Samar, municipal agriculturist Dolores Mustacisa said at least 7 villages in their island municipality have reported cases of salmonella infection among backyard-raised pigs. An estimated 70 pigs have been infected. "It was reported to us after people slaughtered their animals. People are not aware.

We have strengthened our monitoring to get samples before the death of hogs with active cases," Ms. Mustacisa said.The Agriculture department has imposed a ban on slaughtering of sick pigs as this would trigger the further spread of the animal disease. Improper disposal of leftover meat is one of the major factors attributing to the rising case of salmonella.San Sebastian (Samar) Mayor Arnold Abalos said he has asked for vigilance among village officials. "We have already conducted information dissemination to prevent the disease from affecting the livelihood of our swine raisers," said Talalora Mayor Cornelio Bersales.Sta. Rita Mayor Lisandro Kim Adolfo said they have been asking for additional policemen to man checkpoints. The Agriculture department said a total of 84 pigs have died and 676 others are infected. The reported nearly 300 mortalities included those that were slaughtered, said Leo Mira of the regional animal quarantine office.[Byline: Sarwell Q. Meniano]--Communicated by:ProMED-mail Rapporteur Susan Baekeland[The information on clinical and epidemiological aspects of the described syndrome, which reportedly affected domestic pigs in several Eastern Visayas villages, is rather incomplete.According to item 1 above, The animals suffer from anorexia, diarrhea, high fever and mortality. Such signs can be attributed to several porcine pathogens. The possible, primary or secondary role of Salmonella in this outbreak is in need of laboratory confirmation, while these investigations deserve to include also screening for other porcine pathogens. Clinical signs of Salmonellosis, primarily diarrhea, can also mask or interfere with signs caused by other pathogens. The need for caution regarding the alleged Salmonellosis etiology is also apparent from the remark by Tacloban City's chief veterinary officer who said, "We cannot confirm that it's salmonella infection. We're not able to get samples since people resorted to early slaughter after animals have shown some symptoms of the disease." In case Salmonella, either primary or secondary, is indeed involved, then the public health aspects of the event will have to be addressed as well. Notably, such aspects are not mentioned in the above newswires.The recent established presence of Ebola-Reston virus in pigs in another part of Philippines may provide justification for testing in Eastern Visayas as well; see item 3 in posting 20081220.4008. Exclusion of ER virus in Visayas will be relieving.For map of Eastern Visayas,

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Cholera has been detected in pigs at a breeding farm in Duc Lang commune, Duc Tho district in the central province of Ha Tinh.
As many as 190 pigs were found dead at a breeding farm of Nguyen Thai Huy in Duc Lang commune’s Minh Duc hamlet. Samples taken from the dead pigs tested positive for the cholera bacteria.

The Ha Tinh provincial Animal Health is coordinating with Duc Tho district’s veterinary service to sterilize the affected area and provide more vaccine for Mr Huy’s breeding farm and other households in Minh Duc hamlet.

Local authorities have also set up checkpoints and intensified measures to monitor breeding activities, as well as the transport, trading and slaughter of pigs in Duc Tho district in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Dead pigs floating down the river got a few people upset..


Lake Bell河涌charged yesterday also picked up 41 dead


Ocean News Time: 2009-02-06 Source: Guangzhou Daily Author: Quan-Jie,姚卓文, Lai line


Yesterday morning, charged by the Baiyun district bell潭镇town government led joint animal

Yesterday, wearing protective clothing, health staff to carry out disinfection of the dead one by one treatment.
  Journalist Quanjie correspondent冯永江photo




This newspaper yesterday on the bell drop dead drifting河涌Tam reports (see February 5 A7 version) Canton City party committee and government caused great concern.
Yesterday morning, charged by the Baiyun district bell潭镇town government led joint animal epidemic prevention, sanitation treatment plants appeared dead once again to the河涌comprehensive摸查.

Through the efforts of the day yesterday, in the expansion of the salvage area, the total of 41 salvage dead.

In order to carry out prevention work, the related personnel dead place before and after the emergence of two kilometers of河涌carried out large-scale disinfection.

Dead were transported to health treatment plant for safe disposal.



Text / Journalist Quanjie,姚卓文, Lai line冯永江correspondent, Sui sanitation



Yesterday, against the clock down Lake河涌appear dead from unknown sources, Guangzhou Municipal City Government promptly instructed to take the lead by the Urban Management Department of the dead河涌properly handle the issue and asked to identify the reasons for people to trace the source and responsibility.


After three UMPAP urban town comprehensive law enforcement, animal disease control, health and epidemic prevention, environmental protection and other departments at the scene yesterday, a day of joint training, Baiyun District河涌lake bell drop dead drifting dead by the state and the cause of death unknown animal treatment, environmental and water conservation regulations, all properly dealt with.
To press time yesterday, picked up a total of 41 dead, plus the day before yesterday to salvage the 14, a total of 55 found dead.



Dead specimens have been sent to detect


Yesterday, 10:30, the reporter arrived at Baiyun District bell down the north side of Lake hospital and was known locally as the "seven monument Chung" drift of the dead at the scene, only wearing protective clothing, health treatment field health workers are to be recovered the dead one by one spraying disinfectant drug treatment. Municipal Agriculture Bureau of Animal CDC several experts are of the dead were picked up for the cause of death analysis.


据According to the clock command at the scene charged Ji潭镇to introduce the mayor, the town government received a Government-led telephone instructions immediately after the organization of agriculture, veterinary, sanitation and environmental protection departments, 40 staff of over 100 meters of the river seriously Overseer, the drift in the dead of all salvage河涌ashore.

At the same time, arrangements for the town of veterinary station, police station one by one on the nearby pig farms to conduct investigation to find out the source of dead.
Action to salvage this newspaper reported the location as the center, expanding the scope of the search.



Ji only express, in the salvage after the dead, the relevant departments have sent samples of dead and quarantine departments for further tests, hoping to clear as soon as possible to investigate the causes of death of pigs.
At the same time, relevant departments of the dead surrounding the pig farm collected samples of live pigs to strengthen vaccination monitoring of live pigs.


Next trace the disposal of dead persons


Reporters yesterday at the scene to see, in order to thoroughly and properly deal with dead drift may cause environmental pollution, city, district health and epidemic prevention staff to a total length of nearly two kilometers of the "seven monument Chung" Chung抛洒comprehensive lime and coastal spray disinfectant medicine to prevent the dead surrounding河涌may lead to environmental pollution.



"Dead in the completion of salvage work, we will trace the disposal of dead persons, but because of the large and small bell潭镇down more than 100 pig farms, there is a certain degree of difficulty to trace." Ji said before, they will be the focus of the investigation along the河涌pig farms, and gradually expand the scope of investigation must be traced in the end, and resolutely put an end to such random acts of disposal of dead.


City animal epidemic prevention have been sent forward evidence


By (Journalist leaves Cass) newspaper reported yesterday that the "20 dead bell drifting down the lake河涌" news, the reporter from the animal epidemic prevention by the city of Guangzhou learn that at present the Institute has sent staff to the evidence, if is identified by the person or the pig farm for disposal according to law.


Anti-actin is responsible for the city told reporters that the cause of death unknown casually disposed of animal carcasses is illegal, in hearing the news, which has been immediately dispatched staff to the evidence.


It is understood that some farms still exist the phenomenon of non-standard, "built in rural areas, livestock farms do not require approval, supervision together have a certain degree of difficulty." The person in charge said that the indiscriminate disposal of animal carcasses casually on the spread of epidemics, environmental pollution are a great impact, is an extremely irresponsible.
When病死猪when farmers should be promptly reported to the animal epidemic prevention, "regardless of the district, county-level cities of the animal epidemic prevention departments or municipal animal epidemic prevention supervision by both a 24-hour duty phone, farmers can call ask for help. " http://66.102.1.102/translate_c?hl=e...MrDvOh3ksxL-sQ
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Thursday January 29, 2009

Our rivers badly polluted

I READ with interest how Britain’s largest water company, Thames Water, was fined RM637,900 for carelessly releasing a large amount of industrial strength chlorine into the River Wandle in 2007, killing thousands of fishes and other aquatic live and plants.

When the British Environment Agency finally got the judgement on Thames Water, more than two years had elapsed.

In Malaysia, more than a dozen rivers have been classified as “dead”. The river water is so heavily polluted that aquatic and plant live cannot survive.

Our rivers, lakes and ponds are heavily polluted but nothing much has been done to book the culprits. We harp so much on our numerous tourist destinations but I find it hard to feel proud when showing my foreign friends around.

I spent three days in Langkawi, and my wife and I came home bitterly disappointed with the state of the island.

Langkawi is not what it used to be when I last visited 15 years ago. There was no cable car or other built up spots then, but the island was clean and pleasing.

Now, with its super highways and sleek motorcars, it is full of trash, and the beaches and rivers are polluted. Not to mention that some of the things sold there are more expensive than on the mainland.
Ipoh is also a very dirty city.

The Sungai Pinji that flows near my house is really a river of shame. Every known and unknown pollutant is being released into this river.

Many a time I have seen pig and other animal carcasses floating by. The culprits could be the pig farmers who operate upstream.

The heavy smell of pig excrement and urine would drift into my house. I have no choice but to shut the windows and bear the humidity.

In the old days, when laws were not strictly enforced, rivers and streams in England were polluted. But now it is different. A walk along their river banks is a joy.

Everyone there is so conscious about the cleanliness of their rivers that it has become a national trait and pride. Why can’t we be like them?

After all, it is for our good too. The authorities should come down hard on polluters. Heavy penalties should be the norm.

Local authorities must also do a lot more to beautify the river banks and keep the water clean.
MOHD GHAZALI OSMAN,
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Shanxi Hongdong 1000 Pig died: Alexis Farmer profiteers sell Choi (Chart)
(Boxun Beijing February 7, 2009 reprint)




Figure: has just been thrown away a pile of dead pigs (newspaper photo) Hongdong County in Shanxi Province in recent days over a thousand head of live pigs infected plague deaths, according to local government departments and Statistics February 3, only one county anzhen million to at least the remaining 1,300 pigs have died and County Animal Husbandry Bureau preliminary diagnosis of disease because Eperythrozoon and classical swine fever syndrome.
To reduce the loss of many local peasant secretly sick pigs or even dead by the "two traders" sold to the local "black slaughterhouse", some may have died of pork into the market.
Hongdong County in Shanxi Province for the farming counties, the county population up to 180,000 pigs.
Incidence occurred in January this year after the death of live pigs, pig farming industry anzhen million more concentrated in just one month of the Pig farmers in the death of more than half of farmers suffered huge losses.



Journalist February 3 came to the local interviews, seeing anzhen million dual-chang Village樊长青also died the same day five pigs, two of them into a pig, piglet 3. According to introduction樊长青, his home at the end of a total population of live pigs 47, January 27 beginning to discover Pig do not have to eat, followed by rapid death. A few days, killing all 10 sows, pigs and piglets into the death of 20 long.

"A what disease, we do not know, just found that pigs do not eat, they hastened to see what else Pig, and then return to point of view, the Pig just now has fallen down dead," said樊长青not panic , "time is too short, and get veterinary time have not."

青not far away from home, the villagers WANG Meng's pig farm, Pig keeping the end of last year reached 190, in the village belong to the larger culture major. "This really could not afford to come over only a few days, nearly 200 of the remaining eight pigs." WANG Meng looked a little trance, the "can not ah, Pig head helplessly watched one fall over the past few years blood all over, at least a dozen million loss. "
The local government, told reporters, as the evening of February 3, Hongdong County anzhen million diseased bull died 1300, of which 100 sows, Pig into 300 long, 936 piglets. Southern Village, a step to stop the fish farmers姓马said: "We have more than 300 village households, the number of pigs in 50 households in the 200 or so, basically every family has raised pigs, but now the village there is no residual under a few pigs, the mortality rate in more than八成. "

Unfortunately, the sale of original capital peasant stealing dead

Journalist in to anzhen Hongtong million on the road, to see both sides of the remote sections of扔着scattered some dead, especially one called "71 Drainage" of河涌, the dead piled up, very loud. Journalist doubt why these dead pigs or buried without burning, so casually thrown on the side of the road? However, the local villagers to answer a reporter even more surprising: "The only throw away more十斤more than two or more small piglet, slightly larger point of the whole into pigs and sows sold. Poor farmers ah, 1 100多斤adult pig die in order to sell more than 100 yuan after the money. "

Southern Village, a step-by-step stop姓马villagers complained that: "With so many dead pigs, no one to manage, our losses too much." Horse in the village it is a very common fish farmers domesticated the less than 50 pigs, ten days time left to die 4. "Compared to our village more than ten million big loss, I lost count a few, probably yuan七八千it, but we really can not afford to Farmer ah."

Geotrichum Matan old said, found pig disease, his first reaction was to call猪贩子. "One more than help them to sell sick pigs catty 5 yuan of money, if not sold promptly, once the die is on the first few sales, a dead 100, sixties and seventies jin can only sell 20 of the dead million. "Despite this, even the dead horse is also reluctant to throw away," I can honestly say that selling prices of such capital to buy piglets are not enough, especially the old sow, if the market price selling 2000 per month, once the die , nobody wanted to sell all 20. ah no way, however, can count a little bit less damage. "

Tracking "dead" missing the target

Southern Village Step Zhang found parked at home raising the pig disease, the rapid猪贩子call to discuss prices, help them more than one sick pigs per head 450. When the 16 pigs were carried on board, ready猪贩子just pay to see the car on a Pig a fall the next.Immediately砍价that pigs are now up to each to 100 yuan.

Pig was sold where? Local villagers only know猪贩子away, and eventually to the where do not know, as long as the sell opinions on the line. February 2 at four o'clock, the reporter in million anzhen have to pull one of the 78 dead to try to track vehicles. This is a single row of small freight cars, "urgent delivery of live pigs," the scarlet letter affixed to the front four. But the car went into Hongdong county 20 kilometers away from the camp after the village, the reporter lost track goals.

A local source said: "is with the account, you also found nothing, not slaughter pigs during the day here." It is understood that the business is a local village with a history of decades slaughtering Omura, over the years is to slaughter mainly cattle and sheep, very well-known locally. "Dead sold here at night only to kill, to do very hidden."
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