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Pig-based pathogen transmitted to human

Update: November, 08/2013 - 09:31

LONG AN (VNS) — Ngo Van Hoang, director of the Preventive Medicine Centre in Mekong Delta Long An Province, said the first case of Streptococcus suis bacteria, a pig-based pathogen, was reported in provincial Tan An City, on Wednesday.

The patient, Nguyen Thi Hien, was hospitalised with symptoms of fever, vomiting and diarrhea and was treated at Long An General Hospital on October 22. Streptococcus suis was determined to be the cause of her illness.

The patient is reported to be in good health. However the precise source of the infection is still unknown. — VNS

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