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August 05, 2005

Not Really

Check out the title of this news item:

China lifts veil on extent of pig disease
05 Aug 2005 12:36:33 GMTSource: Reuters

BEIJING, Aug 5 (Reuters) - China on Friday for the first time announced the number of pigs killed by a deadly bacteria that has also claimed the lives of at least 38 people who slaughtered, handled or ate infected animals.

A total 644 hogs in southwestern Sichuan province have died from Streptococcus suis, although the number of swine affected by the epidemic - which China insists has been brought under control - is falling daily, the official Xinhua agency reported.
There is no transparency. China hasn't allowed any independent verification of the tale they are telling.

The WHO has asked again, with a pretty please and sugar on top, for China to do more testing to determine if Streptococcus suis is the true and sole cause of the outbreak. I'm still not sure why the WHO isn't asking to conduct their own tests.


Previous posts on the topic:

Sichuan Swine Disease Reports Continue to Puzzle Experts

H5N1 Avian Flu Virus Outbreaks in Poultry in Russia and Kazakhstan

Pig-Borne Illness in China Story Getting Curiouser and Curiouser

H5N1 Avian Flu Update: Read it and Weep


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Posted by dymaxion at August 5, 2005 02:21 PM

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