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Pig disease found in five more cities
By Bao Daozu (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-30 07:14

On Wednesday, three reporters from a Hong Kong television station paid a farmer in Ziyang 40 yuan (US$4.9) to dig up a pig that had died of the disease.

"They took pictures of the pig to show what an infected pig looked like. But they violated the quarantine law as digging the pig up could spread the disease," Li said. Fortunately, local health and quarantine officials quickly put a stop to the exhumation.

Meanwhile, four local officials in Ziyang have been removed from their posts on the grounds of dereliction of duty.

In Dongfeng Town, Party head Wei Guicheng and Yang Kaiming, the town's deputy chief, were removed from their posts after they failed to prevent a farmer from butchering sick pigs. The farmer is still in hospital.

In Qingfeng town, quarantine official Pan Dinggang was sacked because he allowed pigs to be transported outside an affected village. Name and location of the fourth official were not disclosed.

Health Minister Gao Qiang went to Neijiang from Ziyang on Friday. He asked local health authorities to provide prompt medical treatment to every patient. He also asked medical workers to visit every villager to provide them with medical support.

In Beijing, Minister of Agriculture Du Qinglin asked provinces and municipalities, especially those bordering the infected regions, to ensure contingency plans are in place.

(China Daily 07/30/2005 page1)

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