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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vietnam : Pig disease feared to claim first fatality

Thanks to Chen Qi for this lead, via Vietnam Net :

" Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), commonly dubbed blue-ear disease, is suspected as the culprit behind the death of a man in the central province of Quang Ngai on Monday.

Nguyen Xuan Men, deputy director of the provincial Department of Health; confirmed with the online newspaper Vnexpress that the young man was suspected to be the first to succumb to the deadly pig disease that is spreading to pig herds in the north.

According to Men, the young man suffered from diarrhea, high fever, convulsion, and skin hemorrhage after eating fresh pig blood pudding. He was not hospitalized in time and lost consciousness.

The man, who was transferred to the Central Hospital of Hue from Quang Ngai, died on Monday.
Health workers immediately disinfected where he was living and examined people who had been in contact with the deceased. Health workers said the virus of PRRS has a particular affinity for the macrophages particularly those found in the lung."

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