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·         Swine fever spreads in Japan, 15,000 pigs to be culled

Japan’s swine fever outbreak has spread to five prefectures including Osaka, and more than 10,000 pigs will be culled as part of measures to prevent further contagion, the government said on Wednesday…

 

·         Japan culls pigs as swine fever spreads

Japanese soldiers and local government officials have begun slaughtering thousands of pigs in a bid to quash an outbreak of swine fever.

 

·         Swine flu rampant across central Japan, gov't reluctant to use vaccine to curb epidemic

The swine flu epidemic continued to spread rampantly in central and western Japan, with local authorities struggling to contain the highly-contagious virus, while the government remained reluctant to use vaccines to eradicate the problem…

 

·         Japan's government warns of 'extremely serious situation' as swine fever spreads to five prefectures

... “We are facing an extremely serious situation,” agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa told a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo while instructing officials to take thorough countermeasures...

 

 

 

Swine fever spreads in Japan, 15,000 pigs to be culled

 

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, editing by Louise Heavens, Reuters  

February 6, 2019

 

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s swine fever outbreak has spread to five prefectures including Osaka, and more than 10,000 pigs will be culled as part of measures to prevent further contagion, the government said on Wednesday.

 

This is a different strain from the deadly African swine fever China has been battling, an agriculture ministry official said.

 

Pigs in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture have been found with swine fever, the first such case outside neighboring Gifu prefecture since the country’s first swine fever outbreak in 26 years was confirmed in Gifu last September.

 

Pigs shipped from the Aichi farm in question to pig farms in Osaka and three other prefectures were also found infected with swine fever, the ministry official said, adding some 15,000 pigs at affected farms were being culled and buried...

 

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Japan culls pigs as swine fever spreads

Japanese soldiers and local government officials have begun slaughtering thousands of pigs in a bid to quash an outbreak of swine fever.

 

SBS (Australia)

Feb 6, 2019

 

Japanese authorities are battling to contain swine flu after the virus was detected at multiple sites in central Japan.

 

Japanese soldiers and local government officials began slaughtering around 6600 pigs at a farm in Toyota City in Aichi prefecture following the confirmation of an outbreak of swine fever, also known as hog cholera, there.

 

Since January, the farm has shipped pigs to six facilities in Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga and Osaka prefectures, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It said it had found the virus at all the above places except Mie.

 

The Nagano prefectural government also started the slaughtering of 2400 pigs at a farm in the village of Miyada.

 

The government could end up killing a total of 15,000 pigs, Kyodo News agency reported.

 

"We are facing a critical stage," Farm Minister Takamori Yoshikawa said at a ministry meeting...

 

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Swine flu rampant across central Japan, gov't reluctant to use vaccine to curb epidemic

 

Source: Xinhua (China) |Editor: ZX

2019-02-06

 

TOKYO, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The swine flu epidemic continued to spread rampantly in central and western Japan, with local authorities struggling to contain the highly-contagious virus, while the government remained reluctant to use vaccines to eradicate the problem.

 

Swine flu, also known as hog cholera, was first detected on farms in Gifu Prefecture in September, but has been newly detected in pigs at farms in neighboring Aichi Prefecture, as well as at farms in Osaka, Shiga and Nagano prefectures, authorities said.

 

They said the number of pigs to be culled and buried at affected farms is expected to reach around 15,000.

 

"We are facing an extremely serious situation," farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa said at his ministry in Tokyo. He instructed officials to take necessary countermeasures and underscore efforts in Gifu Prefecture to contain the virus.

 

A vaccine that could counter the hog cholera epidemic here and bring it under control has been snubbed by the government, however, with Yasuhiro Ozato, senior vice farm minister, expressing concern about using the vaccine.

 

"We will seek to resolve this by sticking to hygiene control standards," said Ozato, who was concerned that using the vaccine would hinder Japan from regaining its World Organization for Animal Health status and being able to expand its pork exports.

 

Ozato was intimating that if the vaccine were to be used, then Japan would fail to regain its status as a Classic Swine Fever (CSF) free country, which would severely hamper the nation's pork industry.

 

Up until recently, Japan has had no infections of pig cholera recorded since the first outbreak in 1992, with the virus being declared eradicated in 2007.

 

The local government in Aichi Prefecture, meanwhile, begun the process of culling around 6,600 pigs at a farm in Toyota City, with local authorities enlisting the help of Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) troops.

 

According to the local Aichi government, despite pigs on the farm in Toyota displaying clear symptoms of the virus, it continued to transfer pigs to a farm in Nagano Prefecture on Tuesday.

 

The Nagano prefectural government said that of the 80 pigs that were shipped from Aichi, 79 were found to have been infected with the highly-contagious virus.

 

At the end of January, a farm in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, was the latest to confirm the presence of swine flu and the continuation of the epidemic in the region, but seemingly failed to contain the outbreak from becoming rampant across five prefectures across Japan.

 

Prefectural authorities in Gifu had to enlist the help of GSDF troops to carry out an initial 1,600-pig cull and to bury the carcasses.

 

In December, GSDF troops helped officials in Gifu cull 8,000 pigs...

 

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Japan's government warns of 'extremely serious situation' as swine fever spreads to five prefectures

 

Japan Times

Feb 6, 2019

 

NAGOYA - A swine fever epidemic is continuing to spread in Japan, with local authorities in five central and western Japan prefectures saying Wednesday they are struggling to contain the highly contagious pig virus that was first reported in September.

 

“We are facing an extremely serious situation,” agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa told a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo while instructing officials to take thorough countermeasures. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also set up a special task force in Gifu Prefecture to step up containment efforts.

 

Spilling over from farms in Gifu, the classical swine fever (CSF) virus was newly detected by prefectural and local authorities at farms in neighboring Aichi as well as in Osaka, Shiga and Nagano prefectures.

 

The total number of pigs to be culled at affected farms is expected to reach 15,000.

 

“It worries me that we don’t know how the disease is spreading,” said a pig farmer in Iida, Nagano Prefecture. “The only thing we can do is to thoroughly manage hygiene.”

 

The disease does not affect humans even if meat from an infected animal is consumed, but it is fatal to pigs.

 

Around 130 wild boars in Gifu and Aichi prefectures have tested positive for infection despite experts’ initial assumption that it would not spread among the animals, which typically do not live in large herds.

 

The World Organization for Animal Health suspended Japan’s status as a CSF-free country after the outbreak in September. Although there is a vaccine to counter the disease, using it could prevent Japan from regaining the CSF-free status and hinder the nation’s plan to expand pork exports.

 

Yasuhiro Ozato, a senior vice agriculture minister, expressed reluctance to use the vaccine, saying, “We will seek to resolve this by adhering to hygiene control standards.”

 

The Aichi Prefectural Government began culling around 6,600 pigs at a farm in the city of Toyota with the help of the Ground Self-Defense Force, while banning shipments from six farms located within 10 kilometers of the farm...

 

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