Hog cholera plagues eastern China
Many small farmers have lost entire stock to disease
Hog cholera has broken out in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, according to reports. The highly contagious disease, also called swine fever, has impacted 19 of the 37 villages in Yinkeng Township.
Most households in the region raise pigs and many have lost their entire stock to the disease. Sanitation problems are arising from dead pigs littering river ways.
Locals say some infected pigs have been slaughtered and its meat sold in neighboring areas. According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the virus is not killed by the process of smoking or curing.