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6,000 dead pigs discovered in river

By Mason White 6:21 PM March 13, 2013
Dead pigs in the Huangpu River 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) Thousands of dead pigs were suddenly discovered in a river in China, according to Chinese government officials.

Officials said that the number of pig carcasses discovered in the Huangpu River has risen to nearly 6,000. The Huangpu River, is located in Shanghai, China.

In a statement, the authorities in Shanghai, said that 5916 dead pigs had been removed from the river on Tuesday alone.
They also said that the river water was safe to drink, with water quality meeting strict government standards.

It is believed that the pigs may have come from Jiaxing, in neighboring Zhejiang province, although the cause of death is still unclear.

In a statement, the Shanghai municipal government, said that the water in the Huangpu River, a major source of drinking water for Shanghai, was safe. The statement also said that no diseased pigs were detected in the markets.

However, the news was greeted with skepticism by some users of Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of twitter, where the hashtag “dead pigs Huangpu River” has emerged.
One user warned people not to drink the water and die of poisoning. “Please don’t trust the government,” the user wrote.

“The color of this river is about the same as fecal matter, so even if there were no dead pigs no one should drink the water,” another user wrote.

Laboratory tests have determined that some of the pigs had porcine circovirus, a common disease that affects pigs, but does not affect humans.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view