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China confident of controlling pig disease
By Bao Daozu (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-01 05:26

More cases of the pig-borne streptococcus suis infection were reported over the weekend, but officials continue to insist they are becoming better prepared and more experienced in controlling the outbreak.

Farmers load a pig onto a truck to be taken to a quarantine centre in Ziyang on Saturday. [AFP]
Over the weekend, more human infection cases of the bacteria were identified in Hong Kong, Guangdong, and two more cities in Sichuan. By noon on Saturday, the death toll had reached 34, according to the Ministry of Health.

By noon yesterday, 181 human cases had been reported in nine regions of Sichuan, 18 more than last Friday.

Thanks to the prompt reporting of the disease and experience gained by doctors, increasingly few people are dying from the disease, the ministry said.

On Sunday, no deaths were reported in Sichuan, and 17 patients have now been released from hospital.

The ministry has not released the names of the two new regions of Sichuan where new human cases were found over the weekend. Places known to harbour the disease include Ziyang, Neijiang and province capital Chengdu.

A human case of the infection was identified in Chao'an County of Guangdong Province, on July 27.

The patient was released from hospital over the weekend, China News Service reported.
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