Mexico says pigs are dying from salmonella and pneumonia

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Mexican authorities breathed a sigh of relief on Friday when experts determined that a massive pig death in December at a local slaughterhouse was due to salmonella and pasteurellosis, a common infection, and not African swine fever.

Mexico’s agriculture department said 220 pigs at an abattoir in Nayarit state on the Pacific coast were culled as a precaution.

He said experts had also detected mycoplasma pneumonia, a common lung disease in pigs.

The pigs started dying around Christmas and were buried in a pit to prevent them from further contaminating the food chain.

It was determined that the pigs did not have swine flu, which can sometimes jump to humans, or African swine fever. African swine fever can cause huge losses and force the culling of entire herds. It has been detected in China and parts of Europe.

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