March 13, 2013
Shanghai authorities are trying to assure people of China’s largest city that their drinking water is safe despite finding nearly 6,000 dead pigs in the river that provides water to the city’s taps.
Shanghai residents were further unnerved when health officials determined that the pigs were infected with a disease known as porcine circovirus, but health officials insisted that it does not affect humans.
The pig bodies were found in the Huangpu River about 40 miles north of Shanghai’s 23 million residents, raising fears that they are drinking a “pork broth,” as some referred to it in a moment of black humor.
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