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Still Unidentified Viral Disease Sweeping Through Pig Populations In China - NYT
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CHENGDU, China, Aug. 9 A highly infectious swine virus is sweeping Chinas pig population, driving up pork prices and creating fears of a global pandemic among domesticated pigs.

Animal virus experts say Chinese authorities are playing down the gravity and spread of the disease. So far, the mysterious virus believed to cause an unusually deadly form of an infection known as blue-ear pig disease has spread to 25 of this countrys 33 provinces and regions, prompting a pork shortage and the strongest inflation in China in a decade.

More than that, Chinas past lack of transparency particularly over what became the SARS epidemic has created global concern. They havent really explained what this virus is, says Federico A. Zuckermann, a professor of immunology at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. This is like SARS. They havent sent samples to any international body. This is really irresponsible of China. This thing could get out and affect everyone.

There are no clear indications that blue-ear disease if that is what this disease is poses a threat to human health.

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