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China rodents spark disease fears


July 11, 2007
Severe flooding in central China has brought a mass invasion of mice, raising fears of outbreaks of disease.
The floods forced about two billion mice from islands in Dongting Lake in Hunan province, local officials said.
Health authorities have been sent to three cities on the lake and crops have been destroyed by the field mice.
Flooding and landslides have killed at least 360 people across southern and central China in recent weeks, with more rain expected, officials say.
Residents' revenge
The rodent rampage began on 23 June, when the flooded Yangtze River raised water levels in Dongting Lake, forcing the mice from their holes on islands in the lake, China's state-run news agency Xinhua said on Monday.

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