Mysterious illness affects 11 pork plant workers
State health officials in the US announced on Monday
that 11 workers at a Minneapolis pork processing plant fell ill with a rare
neurological disorder between December last and July this
Five employees at the company in question, Quality Pork Processors (with a
total of 1,300 employees), were confirmed to be inflicted with a rare disease
known as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), which
normally afflicts fewer than two people from every 100,000.
The disease can result in nerve damage and disability. It may have struck 11
out of about 100 people in a particular area within the plant.
State officials have confirmed that there is no identified risk to the public
or to food supplies.
Suraj Muley, associate professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota,
commented that in the case of these workers, "the question remains whether the
pigs slaughtered at the plant harbour the bacteria or the virus that triggered
â€¢ Quality Pork Processors
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