Mystery disease kills pigs in Southern China

CHINA - An unidentified animal illness has spread in two southern Chinese cities, infecting at least 1,300 pigs and killing more than 300, Hong Kong newspapers reported Monday.
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HONG KONG - A mysterious disease has killed thousands of pigs in China's southern Guangdong province and authorities have disinfected affected farms, markets and abattoirs, several Hong Kong newspapers reported on Monday.

The outbreak began around early April in Silao town, where the animals stopped eating, developed high fevers and started hemorrhaging under their skin.

The disease has since spread to nearby towns, they reported. Its cause is unknown.

Beijing-backed Ta Kung Pao quoted officials in nearby Yunfu city confirming that more than 300 pigs had died in Silao town.

Source: Reuters

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