A disturbing phenomenon is finally attracting the attention of residents after nearly a year of unheard pleas from local farmers. A series of animal contaminations that had previously been presumed as separate incidents is now increasingly being speculated to be connected.
The earliest recorded contamination of this kind that the West City Press was able to locate and confirm happened at a family pork farm roughly forty miles outside West City. The contamination involved a parasitic infection involving two of the hogs, which attracted two Shook University physiology researchers to investigate. After their initial investigation, the infection was casted as a typical tapeworm infection and the outbreak contained with all hogs within the vicinity of the two infected pigs being terminated.
Since the contamination never reached consumers’ hands or distribution centers, in fact the hogs never made it even to slaughter, the story failed to generate any reaction and largely went unnoticed.
Time passed with similar cases occurring over the next several months, all isolated within 100 miles of West City. Thankfully, not a single pound of the infected pork has managed to reach consumers. The fact that the outbreak has yet to penetrate the markets is believed to be the only reason for why this story has yet to have made a stir in the community discourse.
According to local farmer James McCann who has had to terminate over three dozen of his hogs due to a contamination, there’s a simple reason for how the current, widespread outbreak has yet to infect humans and grocery stores.
“Well it’s obvious. I mean, when the hogs get sick, you’ll just know right away. You’d be a fool to not know. It’s not like your everyday worm infection. These worms. They’re different.”
When asked what an infected hog looks like, McCann offered several photographs. One of them is at the end of this article. Viewer discretion is advised.