15,000 pigs to be culled as Classical swine fever spreads in Japan

The Japanese government had announced that the country’s Classical swine fever outbreak has spread to five regions including Osaka, and that more than 15,000 pigs will be culled as part of measures to prevent further contamination.

Reuters in Tokyo reported that that pigs in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture have been found with swine fever, the first such case outside neighbouring Gifu prefecture since the country’s first CSF 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.

“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,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

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