China denies being source of pig disease

CHINA - China is not the source of blue ear disease outbreaks among pigs in Vietnam and Myanmar, Ministry of Agriculture officials said on Monday, adding that the disease in China closely resembles that found in the United States.
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Blue ear disease, formally known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, has infected 290,000 pigs in China so far this year at latest count, vice minister of agriculture Gao Hongbin told a news conference.

That's up from 257,000 that had been infected by late August, according to a toll released by state media.

"We got the disease from abroad and there is no evidence to show it spread from China to anywhere else," Gao said.

Blue ear disease was first recognised in the United States in the mid-1980s and has since turned up in most pork-producing nations.

Source: ReutersAlertNet

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