Human toll rises despite Malaysian pig slaughter
THE slaughter of more than a million pigs is continuing in Malaysia as five more people died from the swine-borne virus that has claimed 76 lives and ruined farmers.
The deaths came as the government dispatched soldiers and police to exterminate 1.3m pigs to prevent the virus spreading.
The five new victims, who were all pig farmers, are believed to have died from Japanese encephalitis and a new strain of the Hendra virus.
Encephalitis can be harboured by pigs and passed on to humans via the culex mosquito.
The Hendra virus is said to be transmitted to humans through direct contact with the blood, urine or faeces of infected swine.
The outbreak has devastated the countrys $400m (US$645m) pork industry, which is among the biggest in the world and employs 300,000 people.
- Malaysia launches mass cull of pigs, FWi, 30 March, 1999
- Malaysians step up pig slaughter, FWi, 26 March, 1999
- Malaysia kills 300,000 pigs, FWi, 22 March, 1999
- Malaysian military slaughter 64,000 pigs, FWi, 19 March, 1999
- Malaysia struggles with pig disease, FWi, 09 March, 1999
- The Independent 01/04/99 page 16