The number of pig carcasses recovered from rivers in and near Shanghai since early last week has surpassed 13,000. About 9,500 have been retrieved from the Huangpu River, a source of more than a fifth of the city’s drinking water, as workers pulled nearly 500 more pig carcasses from the waterway yesterday. Upstream, the government of Jiaxing said it had recovered around 3,600 from streams in its jurisdiction…Full-text article: South China Morning Post Mar 2013

Key points

  • Chinese authorities were notified of dead pigs in the Huangpu River on March 5th. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the pig deaths were caused by an outbreak of porcine circovirus and inclement winter weather.

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