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Two sacked over disease

TWO officials were fired yesterday for their poor performance in containing the spread of blue-ear disease that has killed more than 1,000 pigs in north China's Shanxi Province, local authorities said.

Zhang Mazhu was sacked as director of the Animal Husbandry Center of Hongtong County, and Jia Changchun was dismissed as deputy Party secretary of Wan'an Township in Hongtong.

The two were blamed for failing to take effective measures to handle the disease.

Up to 1,056 pigs have been found dead in Wan'an so far this year. The animals were raised by 65 households in 10 villages. About 80 percent of the dead animals were less than a month old.

Local authorities have quarantined the villages and culled 936 infected pigs.

Vaccine for 165,000 pigs have been sent to Hongtong, along with 430 exposure suits, 4.1 tonnes of disinfectant and 610 syringes for injections.


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