Japan Finds 1st Swine Fever Case in 26 Years


Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--The agriculture ministry said Sunday it has found Japan's first swine fever case in 26 years at a pig farm in the central city of Gifu.

The previous case occurred in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto in December 1992.

The infectious disease, also known as hog cholera, occurs in pigs and wild boars. It does not spread to humans even through consumption of the meat of an infected pig.

The Gifu prefectural government culled some 600 pigs raised at the farm.

According to ministry and Gifu prefectural government officials, the farm had 79 pigs for breeding and 531 pigs for pork as of Sunday morning.

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