China deploys 50,000 to fight pig illness (CBC News)

Last Updated Fri, 29 Jul 2005 13:06:31 EDT

Some 50,000 health workers are being deployed in China’s Sichuan province as the human death toll continues to climb from a mystery epidemic involving bacteria spread among pigs.

The health workers are going to an estimated 1.4 million farming households, trying to register every pig in the region.

China’s Ministry of Health said Friday that 31 people have now died of the mysterious illness. (more..)