Pigs, peacocks and people in India – 02/21/2005

  • October 2, 2013 at 12:39 am #645

    Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 20:09:03 -0500
    Subject: Mysterious Deaths Of Pigs, People & Peacocks In India

    Mysterious Deaths Of Pigs,
    People & Peacocks In India
    Recombinomics Commentary

    Hundreds of pigs are said to have died in the last 15 days after
    consuming what has been described as polluted garbage in several slums
    here. Piles of carcasses of the animals are rotting and there have been
    reports of dogs falling sick after consuming the flesh of the dead pigs.

    As there has been no official explanation for the mass death of pigs,
    the pig owners, mostly Dalits [members of the Hindu caste also known as
    “untouchables”] engaged as cleaners with the Agra Municipal Corporation,
    have called it “Pig flu”. <<

    The unexplained pig deaths in the Uttar Pradesh region of India are
    cause for concern. The transmission to dogs eating the pigs is one red
    flag, but two more are the recent deaths of people and peacocks in the
    same region.

    These unexplained deaths have an encephalitis component which has now
    been described for H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam. The pigs have “viral
    fever”, the children have encephalitis, and the peacocks have
    neurological symptoms like polio.

    Bird flu can cause neurological problems in people and birds.

    A mysterious illness in the three species in the same region is cause
    for concern.

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    Mystery Deaths Of Hundreds Of Pigs In India

    A ProMED mail post
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    International Society for Infectious Diseases

    ProMED mail

    From Prof Robert Lee:

    The above ProMED article reports “pig flu” is killing pigs in northern
    India. A/H5N1 can infect pigs:

    See H5N1 swine sequences at PubMed here:



    Note that later 2 sequences were isolated from swine in Shandong
    province of China, in 2003.

    If the Taj city pigs are, in fact, dying of a swine flu and that
    influenza is A/H5N1, this could be a very ominous development.

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