September 3, 2020
OIE drops Japan's status as being free from classical swine fever
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on September 3 suspended Japan's global status as a country free from classical swine fever, as it has been unable to contain an outbreak that started two years ago in the central prefecture of Gifu, Kyodo News reported.
According to Japan's farm ministry, it marked the first reported case in the country in 1992. Following efforts to eradicate the disease, the OIE in 2015 officially recognised the country as being free from the disease, also known as hog cholera.
In order to regain its status, Japan will have to ensure that there are no reported cases in the past one year and that no vaccinations for the disease are carried out during the same period.
The ministry has since implemented stricter control measures for swine farms while beginning to develop new vaccines.
A ministry official says it may take more than a decade to eradicate the disease, considering the time Japan took last time.
The internationally recognised status is at times required for exporting pork to new markets.