Swine Fever Spreads Further in Central Japan

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Nagoya, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--The Aichi prefectural government said Wednesday that swine fever infections have been confirmed at another farm in Tahara in the central Japan prefecture.

This is the third swine fever case at a farm in Aichi this year. Since the country had it first swine fever outbreak in 26 years in Gifu Prefecture in autumn last year, the disease has spread to four other prefectures.

The Aichi government received a report of pig deaths and poor growth from a farm in Tahara on Tuesday afternoon. Pigs there tested positive for swine fever.

The farm was under a close watch because it shared a meat-processing facility with a pig farm also in Tahara where swine fever infections were confirmed Feb. 6. The two facilities are only 5 kilometers from each other.

To contain the disease, the prefecture will slaughter all of some 1,000 pigs at the farm where the latest case happened. The farm did not ship young pigs to any other prefectures.

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