Health alert after pig farmers die
Hong Kong health officials are probing the deaths of
two pig farmers suffering from pneumonic symptoms in the last half
Up until now, researchers have not been able to identify
either the virus or bacteria that triggered the symptoms.
"Further investigations are
needed to ascertain the nature of a possible infectious illness and whether
these were in anyway connected to pigs," Centre for Health Protection consultant
Thomas Tsang Ho-fai said.
The two men, a 44-year-old and a
62-year-old man, had suffered from pneumonic symptoms prior to their deaths on
December 13 and June 4, respectively.
Investigations have shown so
far that no family members of the 44-year old man had suffered from similar
symptoms. Officials are still examining the family of the patient who died in
The two deaths have sparked concern over a lack of reporting of
animal- related diseases in Hong Kong.
â€¢ Hong Kong
Centre for Health Protection
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