Mexican authorities breathed a sigh of relief Friday when experts determined that a die-off of pigs in December at a local slaughterhouse was due to salmonella and Pasteurellosis, a commonly occurring infection, and not African swine fever.
Mexico’s agriculture department said 220 pigs at a slaughterhouse in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit were culled as a precaution.
Experts also found Mycoplasmal Pneumonia in the pigs, which is a common lung disease.
The pigs began to die around Christmas and were placed in a pit so that they wouldn’t contaminate the food chains .
It was found that the pigs were not infected with swine flu. This virus can sometimes spread to humans or African swine disease. The culling of whole herds can lead to huge losses from African swine flu. It has been reported in China and other parts of Europe.
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