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Streptococcus suis is a bacterial infection transmitted by pigs and has caused the latest spate of zoonotic infection in China and Hong Kong. Infected patients present with fever, generalised pain, meningitis, toxic shock, subcutaneous hemorrhages, and fatalities are high. Treatment is with antibiotics in a hospital setting and authorities have banned the export of pigs from affected areas.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Standard
About: Pig disease affecting humans
Date: 22 August 2005
Source: The Standard
Author: Andrea Chiu
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