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Report Suggests Pig Farming Poses Hep-E Infection Risk

by 5m Editor
8 June 2006, at 12:00am

CHINA - Local medical experts are reporting that pigs can transmit hepatitis E virus to people who work closely with pigs, but also to those who live downstream of swine farms.

People with the most long-term close contact with pigs have a 182-percent increased risk of infection compared with people in non-swine farm occupations, said researchers of Fudan University's Public Health College.

People who live downstream of swine farms have a nearly 30 percent increased risk of infection compared to those living upstream, the researchers reported in the June 15 electronic issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, a leading American public health journal.

Source: Xinhuanet

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