Deadly Swine Disease Sweeps China

Virus sparks fears of global threat
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2007 1:10 AM CDT
A pork vendor works in a market in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Tuesday June 12, 2007. Chinese inflation rose to its highest level in more than two years in May, driven by soaring prices...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A virulent strain of deadly swine disease is sweeping through Chinese livestock, triggering a pork shortage, rampant inflation and worldwide worries about where the virus will appear next, the New York Times reports. China, one the world's biggest hog exporters, is refusing to cooperate with international health organizations and may already have allowed the disease to spread beyond its borders.

"It would be naïve to think we could contain this virus," said a disease expert. "This is already considered a threat to the global industry."  The virus has already spread to 25 of China's 33 provinces. "This disease is like a wind that swept in and passed from village to village," said a farmer.