By Yining Su
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Seventy dead pigs have been pulled out of Liuyang River in Hunan province, according to China Daily.
Public health authorities were quick to assuage fears that the dead pigs had anything to do with the new strain of avian flu, H7N9, which has killed 6 people so far in China.
“No bird flu virus was detected on the dead pigs,” Tan Jingming, deputy director of the Changsha animal disease prevention and control center, said.
After 15,000 dead pigs were pulled out of the Huangpu river in Shanghai, 70 in Hunan seems like a paltry figure.
Explanations for the Hunan pigs seem to be the same as for the Shanghai swine: cold weather, porcine circovirus, and a crackdown on illegal pork traders, which led farmers to throw their dead pigs in the river.
Shanghai: still Number One when it comes to waterways filled with dead animals.