13 May 1999
Malaysia kills more pigs in virus battle

MALAYSIA has launched a cull of a further 4000 pigs in a desperate battle to control a mystery virus that has killed more than 100 people.

The latest cull will take to over 1m the number of pigs slaughtered as authorities try to eradicate the virus.

The killer virus was first attributed to Japanese encephalitis transmitted from pigs to mosquitoes to humans.