China orders mass vaccinations against disease

08-05-2007 | |

China has ordered pork farmers to carry out mass vaccinations after a mysterious outbreak killed over 300 pigs in southern province of Guangdong.

The agriculture ministry says it has urged increased vaccinations for Classical Swine Fever (CSF), pig rash and swine pneumonia and called on animal medical factories to increase production of medicines.

The directive was issued after up to 300 pigs died over the last 10 days from a mystery disease that saw the pigs stop eating, develop fevers and begin haemorrhaging.

It is said that at least 1,300 animals were infected.

Local newspapers suggested that the disease was spread after deadly ill pigs had been dumped in a river.

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• Unidentified illness kills over 300 pigs in China (7 May 2007)

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