Egypt orders mass cull of pigs over swine flu scare

Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:34am EDT

CAIRO, April 29 (Reuters) - Egypt has ordered the culling of all pigs in the Arab country as a precaution against swine flu, the country's health minister said on Wednesday.

"It is decided to slaughter all swine herds present in Egypt, starting from today," Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali said in a statement published by state news agency MENA. (Writing by Cynthia Johnston)