BABS A/Prof Ruiting Lan part of team that identified highly virulent bacterium strain


Some great applied research from a team that includes BABS Associate Professor Ruiting Lan has had direct health benefits to communities in China.

More than 200 people became ill and 39 died in the Chinese province of Sichuan in June 2005 from infection with a highly virulent strain of the bacterium Streptococcus suis, which is found in pigs ... “The outbreak was an unforeseen consequence of China’s economic development,” says Associate Professor Lan. “To increase pork production, companies used imported pig breeds rather than local ones and then supplied the infected piglets widely to farmers who raised them under poor hygienic conditions in their backyards. This combination of practices created a major threat to public health, significantly increasing the risk of a very large disease outbreak.”

Read more about this important research on the UNSW website.