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October 25, 2005

 

Hong Kong man dies of pig disease
 

 

Local authorities have confirmed that a Hong Kong man recently died of the pig-borne disease, streptococcus suis, that had already claimed 40 human lives in mainland China earlier this year.  

 

This case marked the 12th person from Hong Kong to be infected with the disease this year, the government said.

 

The 43-year-old had no recent travel history and was admitted to hospital in mid-October. The government reported that he died on the same day and his family was placed under medical observation.

 

Most of the people from mainland China who were reported to have been infected, fell ill after slaughtering, handling or eating infected pigs.

 

This case also came at a time when Chinese authorities were on high alert for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, which had the potential to cause a worldwide pandemic.

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