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Thousands of pigs found in major water supply in China

Dead pigs float in a branch of Huangpu River in Pinghu, Zhejiang province. Credit: Reuters/Aly Song

Nearly 3,000 pigs – many of them diseased – have been found in a major water supply to Shanghai in China.

The news, confirmed by official media, is said to have triggered a public outcry as concerns mount over food safety and environmental pollution.

Some of the pigs were infected with porcine circovirus (PCV) virus, the Shanghai Agriculture Committee admitted, but insisted that the disease would not infect humans.