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WHO Probes Deadliness of China's Pig-Borne Disease

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Science  26 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5739, pp. 1308-1309
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5739.1308a

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International experts fear that a new, more virulent form of the bacterium Streptococcus suis could be responsible for killing 38 humans and more than 600 pigs in China's central Sichuan Province over the past 2 months. But they are puzzled about how a rare--and rarely fatal--disease that usually appears in isolated cases among humans became so deadly and whether it might strike again.