Pig viruses not expected to infect humans

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am

Experts say a combination of viruses that has killed about 300 pigs in Guangdong in the past 10 days will not threaten humans.

A preliminary report by Ministry of Agriculture experts yesterday said a combination of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, swine fever and porcine circovirus caused the bacterial infection.

'Until now, among the seven towns in our district, only Silao has found dead pigs,' said Chen Yuwen , a spokesman for Yunfu's Yuncheng district.

'We did not see any spread. Eperts from the central government said it was not a serious epidemic.'

Mr Chen said 20 tonnes of disinfectant for the infected area and 2 million vaccineshad been preparetd to treat pigs in the area.