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Two new deaths of pig disease reported
Updated: 2005-08-01 20:19

The death toll of the pig-borne endemic in southwest China's Sichuan Province had reached 36 as of 12:00 a.m. Monday, with two new deaths reported, according to the Chinese Ministry of Health.

Although no new cases were reported, 17 people who had already contracted the disease were found out during the period. Among them, 14 were confirmed and 3 suspected, said the ministry in a latest report.

The province has so far reported 198 cases of swine streptococcus suis II, with 145 confirmed and 53 suspected.

Eighteen people have been discharged from hospital and 30 others are in critical condition.

The endemic broke out late June and has now been pinpointed in nine cities including Ziyang, Jianyang, Neijiang and the provincial capital Chengdu. All the patients had direct contact with ill or dead pigs.

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