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· Imports of Japanese pork banned as more cases of African Swine Fever emerge
· PH bans pork from Japan due to swine fever
· Swine fever spreads in Japan; gov't warns of 'extremely serious' phase
· Japan sees CSF cases rise alarmingly
Imports of Japanese pork banned as more cases of African Swine Fever emerge
Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio, Business World (Philippines)
February 11, 2019
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to ban pork imports from Japan due to the discovery there of African Swine Fever (ASF), Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Sunday.
“At 12 noon today (Sunday), I alerted the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) through Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Segfredo Serrano to immediately impose a ban on the entry of pork and other pork products from Japan following reports of its spread in that country,” Mr. Piñol said in a social media post.
Japan News reported that ASF was found in four separate cases in Japan on Jan. 12 and Jan. 16. The report also indicated that seven cases have been confirmed in Japan from October and January involving pork inspected at domestic airports.
“A written formal directive will be issued shortly on the imposition of the temporary ban against the entry of pork and pork products from Japan which will be in effect while our quarantine officials are validating the reports with the OIE or the World Animal Health Organization,” Mr. Piñol said.
“In view of this, all quarantine officers in ports of entry all over the country are directed to implement this directive immediately...
PH bans pork from Japan due to swine fever
By Lilybeth Ison/PNA (Philippines)
February 10, 2019
MANILA — The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Sunday imposed a ban on the entry of pork and other pork products from Japan due to African Swine Fever (ASF).
“At 12 noon today, I have alerted the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) through (DA) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Segfredo Serrano, to immediately impose a ban on the entry of pork and other pork products from Japan following reports of its spread in that country,” said DA Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol on his Facebook page.
He said a written formal directive will be issued shortly which will be in effect while quarantine officials are validating the reports with the OIE or the World Animal Health Organization.
“In view of this, all quarantine officers in ports of entry all over the country are directed to implement this directive immediately,” he added.
The quarantine officers were also advised to review their Quarantine Protocols, including the foot baths installed at the Ports of Entry and the monitoring of all meat products being brought into the country by tourists.
According to a report from The Japan News, the ASF virus gene was identified in four separate cases in Japan on Jan. 12 and 16, when it was found in carry-on baggage brought from China at Chubu Airport in Aichi Prefecture and Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
The virus is believed to enter countries via international mail and foreign tourists’ carry-on baggage...
Swine fever spreads in Japan; gov't warns of 'extremely serious' phase
Feb. 6, 2019
Japan's swine fever epidemic is spreading, with local authorities in five central and western prefectures saying Wednesday they are struggling to contain the highly contagious virus that was first reported in September.
"We are facing an extremely serious situation," farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa told a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo while instructing officials to take thorough countermeasures. The ministry also set up a special task force in Gifu Prefecture to step up containment efforts.
Spreading from farms in Gifu, the hog cholera 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 and boars.
Around 130 wild boars in Gifu and Aichi prefecture 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.
Although there is a vaccine to counter classic swine fever, using it could prevent Japan from regaining its World Organization for Animal Health status as a CSF free country, hindering Japan's plan to expand pork exports. The organization already suspended Japan's such status after the outbreak in September.
Yasuhiro Ozato, a senior vice farm minister, expressed reluctance to use the vaccine, saying...
Japan sees CSF cases rise alarmingly
Vincent ter Beek, Pig Progress
Feb 9, 2019
Where China is fighting with African Swine Fever (ASF), the Japanese have their own battle to fight with Classical Swine Fever. The virus has been spreading quickly in the last few weeks in Central Japan.
The virus was discovered on a farm in Gifu prefecture early September 2018. Until January, regular outbreaks were reported, but mostly they were about wild boar found in either Gifu prefecture or neighbouring Aichi prefecture. In 2018, this led to the culling of 8,704 farm pigs according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
There is reason to assume, however, that the development of the virus in Japan is getting increasingly worrisome. In the 1st 5 weeks of 2019, over 18,369 farm pigs had to be culled because CSF was found on a series of swine farms. On February 5, in total even 6 outbreaks on Japanese farms were reported to the OIE, with varying sizes from 600 to 6,640 pigs.
Infected pig farms with CSF in Japan
The map below indicates where pig farms in Japan have been infected on farms; the wild boar findings in Gifu and Aichi prefectures have not been included.
As can be seen on the interactive map above, the CSF outbreaks remained in an area north of Nagoya city – until late January, early February, when the virus suddenly spread out to other places within Japan. The distance between the easternmost outbreak near Osaka and the westernmost outbreak in Iida City is now 220 km. The virus has now been detected on farms in 6 prefectures.
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