Japan confirms swine fever, suspends pork exports


Japan’s agriculture ministry has suspended exports of pork and wild boar following confirmation of the country’s first outbreak of swine fever in 26 years. The case was identified at a hog farm in Gifu.

Swine fever, also known as hog cholera is different from the now prevalent African Swine Fever in China, though both diseases occur among pigs and wild boar, and is not infectious to humans. Gifu prefectural officials said about 80 hogs died at the farm by September 8. The farm rears 531 pigs for meat and 79 for breeding. The infected farm has been prevented from moving animals off the site since September 8. Safety measures including culling have been implemented.


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