Dead pigs in a river in Shanghai now over 3,000, health concerns being raised

By on Mar 11, 2013 in Animals, Asia, Health Comments

More than 3,000 dead pigs have been found in Huangpu River in Shanghai, China since Thursday, March 7; and health issues were the immediate concern of local residents. A swine virus was reportedly discovered in samples taken, but local authorities insist that tap water in the area is still safe for drinking.

Dead pigs in river Shanghai

One of the dead pigs found in Shanghai river
Image Credit: Xinmin.ch

As noted at South China Morning Post today, Monday, March 11, 2013, the number of dead pigs that were found floating in Huangpu River have already reached to 3,323, as of Sunday evening, citing a Monday report from Chinese new site, Xinmin.ch. Tests were conducted in various organs from five samples.

According to the report, Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission issued a statement on its official account Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like social networking site, and announced that the virus found is called Pocine Circovirus type 2, or PCV-2. However, the agency emphasized that the virus is not considered dangerous to humans.

Meanwhile, Jiaxing authorities reportedly admitted that the dumping of dead pigs in the said river is a common practice when owners learned that their animals died of sickness. Officials noted that the pigs were raised in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, based on the labels found on the ears of the dumped animals.

In a report at Xinhua News Agency, also this Monday, the samples that were found to have contained the virus were found in Huangpu River, which is the source of drinking water source in the city. Nevertheless, the city’s water district agency said that tap water is still safe for human consumption.

“We will continue to trace the source, investigate the cause, co-operate with neighboring areas, and take measures to stop the dumping of pigs into rivers.” A statement reads at the official website of Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission (SHAC.gov.cn) this Monday via a CNN report.



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