- "Hundreds of pigs are said to have
died in the last 15 days after consuming what has been described as polluted
garbage in several slums here. Piles of carcasses of the animals
are rotting and there have been reports of dogs falling sick after consuming
the flesh of the dead pigs. As there has been no official explanation
for the mass death of pigs, the pig owners, mostly Dalits (members
of the Hindu caste also known as ;untouchables') engaged as cleaners with
the Agra Municipal Corporation, have called it 'Pig flu'..."
- The unexplained pig deaths in the above
quote in the Uttar Pradesh region of India are cause for concern.
- The transmission to dogs eating the pigs
is one red flag, but two more are the recent deaths of people and peacocks
in the same region.
- These unexplained deaths have an encephalitis
component which has now been described for H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam.
The pigs have "viral fever", the children have encephalitis,
and the peacocks have neurological symptoms like polio.
- Bird flu can cause neurological problems
in people and birds.
- A mysterious illness in the three species
in the same region is cause for concern.
- © 2005 Recombinomics. All
- From Patricia Doyle, PhD
- Hello, Jeff -
- Please note the Indian state government
said "no need to panic as humans don't get infected by pig diseases."
- Oh, no??? What about Influenza?
What about Nipah? What about Strep Suis, etc, etc? People often get pig
diseases. Such a lie by Indian health officials is either astoundingly
ignorant or there is an effort to cover something up.
- Governments always seems to make such
nonsensical and downright assinine statements of pseudoscience when trying
to quell fears of a spreading illness.
- This statement about humans not getting
diseases from pigs is one of the most outrageous to come along in a long
- What is really going on now in India?
- Mysterious Disease Kills Pigs
- The Times Of India
- BHOPAL -- After chickens in Maharashtra, it's pigs and peacocks in MP.
- A mysterious disease has struck the swine
population and over 500 pigs have died in the past fortnight in Mhow and
- There are also reports of pigs dying
in districts of Khandwa (bordering Maharashtra) and Guna in northern MP.
In fact, peacocks have also been dropping dead in rural areas of Indore
over the past week.
- The Indore administration has banned
pig-owners from allowing their swine population to roam in residential
areas till May 15.
- Though the state government said there
was no need to panic as humans don't get infected by pig diseases, animal
husbandry officials admitted bird-flu could also be transmitted to swine
and water fowl.
- Patricia A. Doyle, DVM, PhD- Bus Admin,
Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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