September 29,  2020

 

Classical swine fever reemerges among Japan's farmed pigs

 


Japan has reported its first case of classical swine fever among farmed pigs in about half a year.


The latest developments concern infections at a a pig farm in the city of Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, according to the country's agriculture ministry. In response, the local government will put down around 5,400 pigs at the farm.


In the prefecture, vaccinations started for farmed pigs in October last year, following the discovery of an infected wild boar. However, the animals found with the disease at the affected farm, all piglets, had yet to be vaccinated.


Early this month, piglets at the Takasaki farm started to die after suffering from diarrhea, and the number of deaths has reached about 200, according to the prefectural government. The prefecture conducted tests on pigs at the farm following a report from its operator. Infections were confirmed in three piglets, each about 70 days old.


The prefecture and the central government will jointly work to investigate the infection route.


Additionally, a wild boar infected with CSF has been found around five kilometers from the Takasaki farm, according to the prefectural government.


- The Japan Times

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