Thousands of dead pigs befouling China’s water supply

Thousands of dead pigs befouling China’s water supply

More than 2,800 pig carcasses have been discovered floating in a river that runs through Shanghai and feeds into its tap water supply, according to China’s state media.

The number of dead pigs found in the Huangpu river rose from a few dozen on Thursday to more than 1,200 on Sunday, and again to over 2,813 on Monday afternoon as the city’s cleanup effort intensified.

While the cause of the incident is still under investigation, water quality tests along the river have identified traces of porcine circovirus, a virus that can affect pigs but not humans. No signs of other diseases such as E coli, foot and mouth disease, or hog cholera have been found, and authorities say the city’s tap water is still safe to drink.

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