As we begin our discussions of The Black Plague, this article should serve as a reminder of the human element in the generation and spread of disease.
Workers collect dead pigs to deliver to a bio-safety disposal facility in Zhulin village of Xinfeng in east China’s Zhejiang province on March 13.
by Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY
Published: 03/14/2013 11:10pm
BEIJING – Armed with long bamboo poles, masked workers continued to haul dead hogs from a river in the Shanghai suburbs Thursday, where the pig body count now exceeds 6,600, according to the municipal government.
City officials repeated reassurances to a nervous public that the drinking water in China’s financial capital, which draws on the affected Huangpu River, remains safe, and carried out checks on pork in Shanghai’s shops and markets.
The tide of dead pigs, first discovered last week, swept in from upriver in east China’s Jiaxing city, a center of pig breeding where local media said farmers had resorted to river dumping after a government crackdown on selling meat from sick pigs.
From ear tags, investigators have already identified one Jiaxing farmer who has admitted dumping dead pigs and may face criminal charges. Local officials have denied an epidemic was responsible, and suggested a combination of illness and bad weather killed the animals.
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