Comment: Shang Hai: 20,000 Pigs. Thousands of Ducks & Swans.

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Shang Hai: 20,000 Pigs. Thousands of Ducks & Swans.

Flashpoint: The first two bird flu victims were infected in the city of Shanghai, where thousands of dead pigs were washed up last month.

Research: A technician holds test reagents for H7N9 bird flu virus at the Beijing Center for Diseases Control and Prevention.

Pandemic: Seventeen governments around the world are preparing vaccines to combat a pandemic. [Now that 4 dead in Chiana, the future profits of selling the world are assured? Insured? Absurd? ... As time goes by, it assuredly will be absurded down the river & washed out to the Sea of Liquidity. Liquidated.]

Is new bird flu outbreak linked to 20,000 dead pigs? Three die in China as scientists isolate new strain of killer virus

PUBLISHED: 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 4 April 2013

A leading science writer has speculated that the unexplained deaths of thousands of pigs, ducks and swans in China is linked with the recent human bird flu fatalities and heralds the start of a pandemic.

Residents in Shanghai began to spot dead pigs floating down Huangpu River on March 10. Days later dead ducks were found in the Nanhe river in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan.

By the end of the month, the carcasses of at least 20,000 pigs as well as tens of thousands of ducks and swans had been washed up on riverbanks across China.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul