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Health officials urge locals in Phichit to avoid eating raw pork after 4 deaths

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Public health officials are urging locals in the Phichit province to avoid eating raw pork after 4 people died this year from a zoonotic disease originating from pigs while 22 residents were infected.

The province, about 330 kilometres from Bangkok, has the highest number of deaths related to raw meat consumption. The province also has the second highest number of patients with symptoms caused by unusual eating habits.

The 4 residents died from a Streptococcus suis bacteria infection. 22 residents were also treated for the infection. Human Streptococcus suis infections typically occur in humans through cuts or abrasion on the skin when handling infected pig material, according to the World Health Organisation. The infection can cause meningitis, septicaemia, endocarditis, deafness and arthritis. Around 66% of survivors report hearing loss, according to the WHO.

Locals in Phichit are also being advised to avoid exposing themselves to raw pork and to only consume meat from farms that follow high standards.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | World Health Organisation

 

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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