Source Pravda.Ru

China takes measures against mysterious disease

The number of people infected with a pig-borne disease in southwest China's Sichuan province rose to 181 after seven more cases were reported. The death toll remained at 34. Hong Kong will take new measures to stop the spread of the disease.

Over 180 people have been infected with Streptococcus suis, a form of swine flu, in China's southwestern Sichuan province since June. The Hong Kong government ordered pig farms in the city to strictly observe hygiene standards and to dispose of pig carcasses properly in designated areas. Those caught flouting the rules would be fined HK$25,000 (US$3,200) and jailed for up to six months.

"They have to disinfect the carcasses and wrap them properly using double-layer plastic bags," a government spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Officials were also discussing whether to classify swine flu a "notifiable infectious disease", which would require all local doctors to report such cases to the government.

While China has suspended exports of Sichuan pork to Hong Kong, the outbreak has unnerved the territory after authorities said last week that two local men had contracted the bacterial infection.

Neither man had travelled outside of Hong Kong immediately prior to their falling ill and health authorities are still investigating how they contracted the disease. One has been discharged and the other is still in hospital.

"One of them is a renovation worker, who would probably have minor cuts on his hands, the other goes to the market and cooks regularly, so he might have had contact with raw, infected pork," said a government spokesman.

Though endemic in swine, human infections of Streptococcus suis are rare.

The illness is believed to be streptococcus suis, a bacteria carried by pigs, the government said. The outbreak has affected mostly pig farmers and butchers. The central government sent senior health officials, including Health Minister Gao Qiang, to the areas. Gao said the outbreak remains serious, though it's easing, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday, citing a Sichuan Daily newspaper report.

China is the world's largest pork producer, with most pig farming done in Sichuan and the northern province of Henan. Chinese authorities suspended exports of pork products from Sichuan because of the outbreak. Other authorities including the Hong Kong government and the World Health Organization are monitoring developments.

Yongshun Biomedical Co., based in the southern provincial capital of Guangzhou, shipped the first batch of vaccines yesterday for streptococcus swine type II, enough for 350,000 pigs, to Sichuan's capital of Chengdu, Xinhua reported yesterday, citing Chairman Wu Weirui.

Yongshun plans to produce vaccines for 10 million pigs, the report said. The drugs have to be injected twice within a 15-day period, giving the pigs an immunization period of more than four months, Xinhua said.

Read more on Disease in China

Representatives of the North Korean administration issued a statement saying that the United States and its allies have lost the "political and military confrontation" to the DPRK

North Korea declares victory over USA

In recent years, genetics has become a cutting-edge science, not only in the professional field of biology, but also because of the enormous social reach of its discoveries and approaches. Not in vain, practically every day the press offers us the discovery of a new gene, a new hereditary determinant directly involved in the manifestation of diseases or physical characteristics.

The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Comments
North Korea declares victory over USA
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Donbass without militia will be worse than Srebrenica - Putin
USA no longer wants Bashar Assad to go
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
North Korea declares victory over USA
Visit to Moscow: Tillerson takes secret offer for Putin
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
The need for a Global Political Agenda 2018
Pentagon can not accept Russia's victory over terrorists in Syria
Pentagon can not accept Russia's victory over terrorists in Syria
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Italy: Free fall
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, capitals and puppets
North Korea declares victory over USA
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Russia unveils the date for the launch of the superbridge to Crimea
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed