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(Kyodo) _ Hong Kong said Monday it is suspending pork imports from China's Sichuan Province after reports at least 17 villagers have died after butchering sick animals in the southwestern province.
Earlier, the territory's Health, Welfare and Food Bureau, to allay fears, had assured the public that frozen pork from Sichuan was safe to eat and that the city does not import live pigs from the province.
The suspension follows a report Monday by China's official Xinhua News Agency that the villagers may have been killed by bacteria that are common among pigs.
Zeng Huajin, a senior official with the Sichuan provincial health department, said the disease hitting villagers is "probably" caused by a type of streptococcus common among pigs, according to Xinhua.
Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) issued a warning yesterday - a day after it was notified by the Ministry of Health of the outbreak, which is thought to involve up to 20 patients, aged 30 to 70, who lived in 12 towns and 15 villages in Jianyang city and Ziyang city's Yanjiang district.
The CHP informed the Hospital Authority, which alerted all the city's 14 accident and emergency departments "to be vigilantly on the lookout for patients with similar symptoms". It is the first time an alert has been issued to public hospitals to be on the lookout for a mystery illness from across the border since the outbreaks of SARS [severe accute respiratory syndrome] and bird flu. The worry is that people travelling from the mainland could bring the disease to the city, as happened with SARS.
As you read the following report it is obvious that Ebola has been genetically altered with different viruses which give us the various types of the new ebola strains. Obviously some of the viruses have been altered with HIV. It is quite possible that some Ebola genomes have been recombined with SARS and others with H5.
If the following report is accurate, and remember Boxun is reporting from inside China and the reporters have the advantage of inside information, it is obvious that China has been busy in their bioweapons research. We did have signs that a program was and is in effect when SARS escaped. There have been some very strange outbreaks of H5N1 which did add to speculation that China has been engaged in bioweapons' research.
Originally posted by Valhall
the infected people are "showing signs of bruising" which would be indicative of this type of virus.
*Valhall heads off to worry more*
On December 10, 1993, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) received a report of a previously healthy 4-month-old girl (patient 1) who died from septic shock with petechiae and hemorrhage into the adrenal glands, heart, and diaphragm. Blood and tissue cultures were negative. However, because her clinical presentation suggested meningococcemia, a prophylactic regimen of rifampin was prescribed for infants, toddlers, and staff at the CCC she attended. On February 9, 1994, a 7-month-old infant (patient 2) who attended the same CCC died from septic shock, purpura, and Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome. Gram-positive cocci were detected on a smear of the patient's blood buffy coat, and a latex agglutination test on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) indicated infection with S. pneumoniae as the cause of death; pneumococcal infection was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), using primers for the pneumococcal autolysin gene on autopsy tissue, and by counterimmunoelectrophoresis (CIE) of CSF (serogroup 19). Analysis of autopsy tissue from patient 1, using the same PCR assay, suggested that she also had died from pneumococcal infection.