16 May 2000
Farmworker first to die from pig bug

A FARM-HAND whose spleen had been removed became the first person in Britain to die from a rare infection contracted from pigs, an inquiry in Wakefield heard.

John Forrest picked up a rare variety of Streptococcus suis bacterium a month after starting his job, reports The Times.

The coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure.

  • The Times 16/04/2000 page 4