Saturday, 30 March 2013

Porcine Circovirus - Rivers Of Blood and attacks on Protestors

When the Chinese invite poets to tea, and the British stalk, harass and threaten witnesses to Parliament at Westminster, and for more than a decade, there is something decidedly sinister about Porcine Circovirus.

Porcine Circovirus seems to bring out the worst in terrified officials and those that depend on their largesse.

Ironically, the senior ranks of the British Civil Service have long been nicknamed "Mandarins." They certainly behave like Mandarins.

The full Guardian report is here

Rivers of blood: the dead pigs rotting in China's water supply

Shanghai's drinking water is under threat after 16,000 diseased pig carcasses are found in tributaries of the Huangpu river

Nicola Davison in Jiaxing, Friday 29 March 2013

Over the weeks since the discovery of 16,000 pig carcasses in Shanghai's water supply, authorities have consistently worked to quell public outcry, reiterating that drinking water is safe. While there have been reports and discussion of the incident in state media and on the country's rollicking microblog network, which is curtailed by censors, attempts to organise protests have been swiftly quashed.
Pan Ting, an outspoken Shanghainese poet, was detained for questioning by police after she posted a call for a mass walk along the Huangpu, the city's central river, on her Sina Weibo account. The post, which went out to her 50,000 followers on 14 March, called for a "pure stroll" without banners or slogans. Soon afterwards she was asked to "drink tea" with the police – an idiom used to describe interrogations. On her other Weibo account she later posted: "I feel very disappointed. You even shut out a voice concerned about local pollution and your own lives. I will see how long you will shut me out. At least uncle tea said to me: I understand where you are coming from."
As news about Pan's detention spread through Weibo, prominent users voiced support. "Just because a young woman said a few honest words about the dead pig issue, she was detained, banned and forced to hand in all of her communication devices," said Li Minsheng, a well-known writer. "She was even 'missing' for three hours! Her only request was: 'Please do not come ring my doorbell early in the morning or in the middle of the night to scare my mum.' As a big city that has hosted the World Expo, why can't Shanghai tolerate a poet? What law has Pan Ting violated? Please respond to the whole nation, Shanghai!"
Additional reporting: Xia Keyu.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

MRSA cc130 from livestock to humans

Some very important research into antibiotic resistance moving from livestock to humans has just been published.

We will give the source and just the important part of the explanation.

The whole can be read in full here

Whole genome sequencing identifies zoonotic transmission of MRSA isolates with the novel mecA homologue mecC

25 MAR 2013

The paper explained


The emergence of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) is a major public health concern.

Recently, MRSA strains with a novel mecA homologue (mecC), which may go undetected by current diagnostic tests, were described in both livestock and humans suggesting potential zoonotic transmission.

Denmark has reported a significant increase in cases of CC130 mecC-MRSA between 2003 and 2011 and two independent human cases of mecC-MRSA infection directly linked to a livestock reservoir have been


Our findings demonstrate that the CC130 MRSA lineage is capable of transmission between animals and humans, further highlighting the role of livestock as a reservoir for MRSA.

Our study also underscores the potential of WGS in epidemiological investigations and source tracking
of bacterial infections.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Britain - Circovirus present on 99 percent of pig farms

Defra, once MAFF,  Britain's disastrous agricultural ministry obviously did not want to worry the consumers.

The scientists even admit they don't understand these diseases. That has been obvious since 1998-9, when the disease arrived and the cover-up began.

You can't make money out of sick pigs.

We have been eating our way through diseases they don't understand for 13 years, whilst anyone trying to blow the whistle on government test faking and fabrications, even giving evidence to Parliament and OLAF, the serious fraud squad of the EU, was abused, harassed and threatened by the state veterinary civil service and their cronies.


That's without the massive implications of excessive antibiotic use on co-infections leading to antibiotic resistance disease killing humans.

Anyway a wall of years of British government deception is obviously now crumbling.

There is going to be a massive row now.

There will have to be a Royal Commission of Enquiry.

Be sure to read the whole news report on Phys.Org. here

March 26, 2013

Pig wasting syndrome costing farmers millions 

Stark new figures show that a common pig virus, present on 99 per cent of pig farms has major economic implications for individual farmers and the pig industry as a whole... PMWS, a serious syndrome which results in emaciation and death in up to 30 per cent of cases.

... researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) have spent the past five years working to understand the factors that lead to farms developing high rates of PMWS and creating models to work out the cost of the disease as well as the potential savings for farmers by tackling the disease in different ways.

Professor Dirk Werling, from RVC, who led the project, explains: "We've known for many years that this is a serious disease in pigs. It is now endemic globally and will haunt the pig industry for years to come; therefore it is crucial that we understand the biological basis of the virus as well as the cost implications...

... These figures are shocking, but are an important step in enabling farmers and the industry as a whole to look at feasible and sustainable intervention strategies."

...In the most severe cases where the infected pig dies from PMWS, this costs the farmer an estimated £84, with the least severe case - where a pig is carrying the virus but displays no clinical symptoms - cost £8....

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Shanghai - Dead pigs in water supply, PR and Circovirus

There has been a pig disease outbreak upstream from Shanghai and it may well be a widespread epidemic. It is also almost certainly continuing.

Disposal of dead pigs in an epidemic is a problem everywhere it happens. Putting them directly into the water supply of a massive city is really stupid. If it is a disease dangerous to humans it is even worse.

The only pig disease mentioned in Shanghai is porcine circovirus.

Britain's corrupt government veterinarians hid up a porcine circovirus epidemic in 1999 - 2000.

The past president of the OIE criticised Britain for not making porcine circovirus notifiable and Britain made
a massive PR effort to date it to follow the 2000-1 Foot and Mouth outbreak.

Being realistic, there is no government anywhere that would not mount a cover-up at least for a short period but Britain has managed 13 years of PR driven criminal deception and intimidation.

Britain, then still reeling from Mad Cow -  BSE, was merely the first and the worst, or perhaps most long lived and outrageous.

Those interested in researching the scandal will find much of interest in the archives of the newsgroup, accessible via Google Groups.

Do not post on - you will attract determined paid lobbyists and stalkers.

Full South China Morning Post article here

Dead Pigs

Pig carcass furore still raising worries, despite PR campaign

Public is still not convinced of reasons offered for mass deaths or promises water is safe to drink

Sunday, 24 March, 2013 [UPDATED: 04:49]

It's been more than a fortnight since the appearance of thousands of pig carcasses floating down the Huangpu River through Shanghai grabbed headlines across the country.

Officials in China's largest city and in Jiaxing, the suspected source of the dead animals about 100km upstream, as well as the central government, have tried hard to calm the public by insisting there had been no major animal disease outbreak and that pork and water supplies were safe.

But questions about the exact source of the carcasses and who should be responsible continue to be raised by the media...

...However, neither Shanghai nor Jiaxing seem to have plans to trace the remainder, which at last count totalled more than 16,000. And, despite being the main pig-raising region for Shanghai, Jiaxing insists that is not the sole source of the carcasses.

Jiaxing's explanation - that abnormally cold weather early in the year had made piglets, which constituted the bulk of the dead pigs, more prone to the common porcine circovirus, apparently failed to convince the media and the public.

The Beijing Evening News said it was unreasonable for governments to be still giving ambiguous reasons for such a large number of dead pigs three weeks after the incident was first reported. "How could related departments not know anything about the death of so many pigs?" it said...

...But the incident, at least in media's eyes, is far from over. A number of reports have appeared about pig carcasses in other rivers around the country.

This article first appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition on Mar 24, 2013 as Pig carcass furore still raising worries, despite PR campaign

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Hepatitis E Virus and Porcine-derived Heparin

Well, we hit the jackpot this morning and in every way, personally and professionally (if that is how you might dignify our campaigning over animal health.)

It started out as giving an expert opinion on import procedures, and complaining to Parliament and the serious fraud squad of the EU, if you recall.

Since what the writer said did not agree with what Britain's corrupt government veterinarians were telling the world, he has been abused, harassed and stalked, and has been for the past 13 years, by paid lobbyists and their cronies.

On the personal side, the writer takes or has taken pretty well all of the drugs mentioned as possibly contaminated; heparin in the past, insulin and pancreatin several times a  day, every day for years. Pancreatin is taken by anyone without a pancreas and for some very serious childhood ailments.

Fortunately, Mrs Pat tells me my insulin is non-porcine and we are neither surprised nor shocked about pancreatin. We have long expected this and a have a little store of articles and news comment going back years. It's Hobson's choice for the writer.

Hepatitis E has long attracted the greatest number of hits on this blog over the years, and porcine circovirus, well we all know about that.

Incidentally, Cornwall has had very sick pigs with circovirus since about 1999, and Hepatitis E has been  under investigation for human transfer from pigs for the past years following abnormal levels of deaths in pig farmers, although this does not seem to be the cause in the case quoted.

As far as circovirus is concerned, we still stand behind the Gardiner Hypothesis:

"Mutated Circovirus in pigs, the consequences treated with heavy use of antibiotics, is followed by MRSA in pigs and then MRSA and C.Diff epidemics in humans."

The full letter, in advance of publication, is here

Volume 19, Number 4-April 2013

Hepatitis E Virus and Porcine-derived Heparin

To the Editor: Cases of sporadic, locally acquired hepatitis E have been increasingly identified in industrialized countries over the last few years (1). In this setting, hepatitis E is thought to be a zoonotic infection, with pigs as the primary host. ...

... Given that all samples analyzed were negative for all 3 viruses tested, it seems likely that the heparin manufacturing process is sufficient to remove viral contaminants. However, this may not necessarily be the case for other porcine-derived products, such as porcine insulin, factor VIII C, pancreatin, and poractant alfa. Further investigation is warranted to exclude these products as potential sources of HEV infection.

C. Crossan, L. Scobie, J. Godwin, J.G. Hunter, T. Hawkes, and H.R. Dalton
Author affiliations: Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (C. Crossan, L. Scobie, J. Godwin); Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, UK (J.G. Hunter, T. Hawkes, H.R. Dalton); University of Exeter Medical School, Truro (H.R. Dalton)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Porcine Circovirus. Are dead pigs a good sign?

Australia is on the case of porcine circovirus and asking all the right questions.

Corrupt British veterinarians will soon be in the dock and answering questions about when porcine circovirus arrived in Britain's pigs and what they did to cover it up.

The hidden connections to the disastrous Classical Swine Fever and, Foot and Mouth epidemics that followed in 2000 and 2001 will have to be explained.

And Britain's social media and its vile stalking and ludicrous lobbying groups will come under scrutiny.

Read the full "The Age" news report here

Are dead pigs a good sign?

March 17, 2013
David Barboza

Hard as it may be to believe, the recent discovery of thousands of pig carcasses floating in a river that supplies drinking water to Shanghai may represent an encouraging step forward in Chinese public health.

So, as the authorities have cracked down on people selling diseased or dead pigs, agriculture experts say, it is possible that someone may have decided it was better to dump dead pigs into the river.

If that was the case - and there is no proof right now that it was - a mystery remained: where did the 8300 pigs, at last count, die and who threw the carcasses into the Huangpu River?...

...The remark provoked ridicule on social networking sites, where some suggested that the comment was as ludicrous as believing that the pigs had engaged in mass suicide. A more likely cause, porcine circovirus, a disease common among pigs but believed not to be harmful to humans, turned up in samples of the carcasses taken by the Shanghai authorities...

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Faking hospital statistics in Britain to be criminal offence

One of the key elements of the British superbug scandal is being tackled by making the faking of hospital statistics a criminal act.

Faking was not an occasional occurrence. "Fiddling" is widespread and massive.

If you pay people to produce good statistics, that is what you will get: good statistics. The reality ceases to matter.

Superbugs, including MRSA,  have been far more common than admitted. The statistics for superbugs were made one measure of cleanliness and standard of care.

Who is going to own up to being dirty and lacking in care?

It was often superbugs coming from the community or farming anyway, and nothing to do with the hospital. They just get the problem created elsewhere. This is especially true of antibiotic resistant disease coming from intensive farming and arising from associated veterinary crime.

This gave the hospital management the apparent moral justification for excluding them from the figures and employing massive PR to swamp critics. Those seeking the truth were being attacked from all sides.

So, we don't know the full scale of superbugs or superbug deaths  in Britain's hospitals any more than the public knows the true situation on our farms.

But the worst scandal of the 21st century is now being exposed.

It comes down to naïve and selfish management from the very top of the hospitals and organised crime in the government veterinary service and their many front and dependant associated organisations.

The full "Daily Telegraph" report is here.

New criminal offence to stop NHS hospitals 'fiddling' figures to be introduced.

A new criminal offence to stop NHS hospitals "fiddling" official figures is to be introduced by ministers in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

By Robert Winnett, Political Editor

11:00PM GMT 15 Mar 2013

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is to announce that senior NHS managers and hospital trusts will be held criminally liable if they manipulate figures on waiting times or death rates.

Trusts could be fined millions of pounds and managers jailed if they are found to have falsified data used by patients to select where they are treated.

Several NHS hospitals have been accused recently of seeking to obscure high mortality rates by "mis recording" the reasons for deaths. Such practices make it hard for regulators and the public to identify hospitals that have poor standards of treatment...

Friday, 15 March 2013

Scotland - Farming needs antibiotic cutback

Amazing. It is not quick, it is not steady but we are getting there after many years of struggle.

Livestock farming is starting the process of loosening the grip of state supported veterinary greed and corruption on the story coming from the farming media.

At last, we are getting sensible balanced reports from some trade magazines. The Scottish Farmer is to be congratulated.

Be sure to read the whole. You don't expect to find veterinary regulations to be a subject for the G8 summit in London.

You don't expect the Britain's new Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies to be leading the long overdue fight.

The full Scottish Farmer report is here.


Farming needs antibiotic cutback
THE GOVERNMENT should act to reduce the use of antibiotics including agriculture to limit resistance according to the UK's chief medical officer.
Professor Dame Sally Davies said it was a "ticking time bomb" and warned that routine hospital operations could become deadly in just 20 years if we lose the ability to fight infection.
Professor Davies has called on the government to raise the issue during next month's G8 summit in London...
...The British Veterinary Association have previously spoken out against legislation for vet antibiotic use.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Circovirus "ticking time bomb" investigated in 2000

The writer is far from happy about the human health dangers from Superbugs, but he is proud of his part, in trying to prevent this disaster, under very difficult circumstances.

Threats and abuse over 13 years has taken its toll on relationships and friends. Many cherished activities had to take second place to the daily chore of fighting off threats, disinformation, libel, conspiracy and serious organised crime in Britain.

We have, however, countered British government manipulation of the internet and the PR activities of their favoured organisations.

We have created massive data stores containing information they sought to remove from  public scrutiny. These are abroad, and available to all, safe from tampering.

For example, Britain was worried about the human health implications of porcine circovirus in 2000. We have copies of the minutes of the meeting, now unavailable.

You do not need antibiotics to fight viruses, but you do need them in massive quantities to deal with co-infections.

Defra, once MAFF of Mad Cow fame, is Britain's infamous Agricultural Ministry. 

Their cover ups and related unlawful and criminal activities will now be exposed and can be dealt with by a proper police investigation under parliamentary scrutiny.

The key quote from yesterday's massive Superbug coverage is this:

…The Chief Medical Officer said the issue should also be considered by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs because around 50% of antibiotics used in the UK are given to animals.

The Sky news story can be found in full  here.

Antibiotic Resistance 'A Ticking Time Bomb'

The Government's Chief Medical Officer is warning of "a dreadful future for our children and grandchildren" unless global action is taken to prevent diseases from becoming resistant to antibiotics....

Monday, 4 March 2013

Porcine Circovirus - robust, hardy and difficult to kill

An interesting piece from the USA illustrating the significance of porcine circovirus on pig health.

Britain experienced a severe circovirus epidemic immediately before the Classical Swine Fever and, Foot and Mouth epidemics in 2000-2001. Little mention was made of it in the media, at the time, and later attempts were made to re-date it to follow the very serious Foot and Mouth epidemic.

Although today PCV2 is the usual term indicating troublesome circovirus, then its presence was usually indicated by references PMWS or PDNS.

Today we hear that:

"....The virus is robust, hardy and difficult to kill. It lasts a long time and is very different from the PRRS virus. It will be there a long time no matter how hard you try to get rid of it..."

That clearly illustrates the British experience - a nasty persistent virus with co-infections requiring antibiotics and creating all the problems of antibiotic resistance.

BIVI Swine Health Seminar covers "vertical" disease transmission
JoAnn Alumbaugh  |  Updated: 03/04/2013

Link Here

Hepatitis E in British Pigs and Pork Publicised

As you can see we were right.

Our campaign to get Hepatitis E in pigs investigated in Britain is known throughout the world and has finally forced disclosure, or perhaps publicity would be more appropriate.

Now there will have to be independent  investigations on why Defra's veterinarians hid it up for so many years, presumably with human casualties in people handling British pigs and possibly pork.

You will find plenty of information on this blog, on the risks and NHS investigations.

We will keep the writer's now famous signature for the moment uncharged.

Pat Gardiner
Release and independently audit the results of testing British pigs
for MRSA, C.Diff and Hepatitis E now!  and

The Pig Site report this morning can be found here with access to the research (dating back to last year.)

Hepatitis E Virus Studied in Pork Food Chain

04 March 2013
UK - Researchers have reported finding evidence for possible foodborne transmission of hepatitis E virus (HEV) during pork production.

Alessandra Berto and colleagues at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge investigated contamination by HEV in the pork production chain in the United Kingdom in 2009-2010.

In their paper in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the report detecting HEV in pig liver samples in a slaughterhouse, in surface samples from a processing plant and in pork sausages and surface samples at point
of sale.