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China launches investigation into death of 1000 pigs

More then 1000 pigs have been found dead in the northern China province, necessitating an official investigation into the matter.

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 06:43 IST

More then 1000 pigs have been found dead in the northern China province, necessitating an official investigation into the matter.

Around 1,056 pigs with 80 per cent of them less then a month old were found dead in 10 villages in Hongdong province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Samples have been sent to animal disease control and prevention centre in Shanxi to carry out further investigation, officials said.

Till now 637 pigs have been buried and 25 burned to prevent the spread of the disease, said Wang Zhijian, Vice Director Hongdong security Bureau.

No contaminated pork has been found in stores or restaurants till now, they added.