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·         Japan struggles to contain spread of swine fever

·         Pigs culled in Shiga after swine fever outbreak

·         Swine fever outbreak spreads to five prefectures across Japan



Japan struggles to contain spread of swine fever

Government ministers warn the situation is extremely serious


By Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News



TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China is not the only country currently struggling with a swine fever outbreak; the viral epidemic continues to escalate throughout Japan.


Authorities in several Japanese prefectures announced Wednesday they were finding it difficult to contain the spread of swine fever, reports Japan Times. “We are facing an extremely serious situation,” the newspaper quotes agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa.


Japan’s first case was reported in September last year. Authorities believe the outbreak was triggered by a traveler bringing contaminated pork dumplings into the country.


Around 15,000 pigs in affected farms across Japan are now to be culled, Japan Times reports.


The virus in questions is Classical swine fever, also known as hog cholera—a different strain to the African swine fever virus currently decimating China’s pork industry.


Japan Times writes 130 hogs and wild boars in the country’s Gifu and Aichi prefectures have tested positive for the disease, shattering experts’ expectations. It was believed because the animals do not live in large herds, the infection would not easily spread...





Pigs culled in Shiga after swine fever outbreak



Feb 6, 2019


A cull of pigs has been completed at a farm in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan, following an outbreak of swine fever.


Prefectural officials said around 700 pigs at the farm in Omihachiman City were put down through Thursday morning.


The cull began after hogs at the farm tested positive for the highly contagious and usually fatal disease on Wednesday. Swine fever is not harmful to humans, even if they eat the meat of infected animals.


The infected pigs were among 60 that had been shipped on January 31st from another farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, that was also hit by swine fever.


Officials say the culled pigs are being buried...





Swine fever outbreak spreads to five prefectures across Japan


By Ananya Mandal, MD, News Medical

Feb 7 2019


Government health officials have reported an outbreak of swine fever in Japan that has spread over five prefectures, including Osaka. So far, over 6600 pigs have been culled in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.


In a statement, one agricultural ministry official stated that whilst China has been fighting a deadly strain of African swine fever, the outbreak in Japan is a different strain.


The country has not faced a swine fever outbreak in 26 years. It is thought that the outbreak began at the Gifu prefecture last September. Officials have confirmed that pigs within the Aichi prefecture (which borders the Gifu prefecture) were infected with swine fever and that the disease has now spread to Osaka, Shiga, and Nagano.


In total, around 15,000 pigs from infected farms will need to be culled in order to stem the spread of the virus, say officials.


At a recent press conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said:


    In order to prevent the disease from spreading further, the government will do its utmost by having the agriculture ministry and relevant local authorities cooperate for speedy and thorough implementation of quarantine measures.”


The authorities have set up a special task force...