More patients infected with swine pathogen

32 residents of the central province of Thua Thien – Hue have been infected with streptococcus pathogen in swine for five recent months amid the breaking out of blue ear disease in several provinces.

A patient treated in the hospital in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue due to infection of swine pathogen (Photo: SGGP)

Dr. Duong  Van Sinh, head of the Emergency Room of Hue Hospital, said its doctors have treated 34 patients infected with the fatal pathogen since April. Of 34 people receiving treatment in the hospital so far, 32 come from districts reporting dead pigs with unknown causes.

Residents doubted pigs died of blue ear disease but vets said the blue ear virus did not cause the deaths so breeders sold the herds at very cheap price to take capital as much as possible.

Dr. Sinh warned people to eat well-done foods and not to eat under-cooked foods made from sick pig meat such as “uncooked pig blood” or fermented pork roll. In addition, people should go to nearby medical clinics if they experienced abdominal pain, high fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

Residents wondered what the cause of the ailment is as patients admitted they ate meat products especially one ate uncooked goat blood bought from markets in the locality. Local government should redo tests to curb the transmission of the epidemic and more people get sick.

By Phan Le - translated by Kim Xuyen

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