Wild Boars to Be Fed Swine Fever Vaccines in Japan
Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--The agriculture ministry said Friday that it will start feeding wild boars vaccines mixed in food from March to prevent the spread of swine fever in Japan.
The ministry sees the boars being a possible virus carrier for swine fever, also known as hog cholera.
Such vaccines have been fed in the past to wild boars in Europe, including Germany, but it will be the first such move in Japan.
The ministry will limit the area in which the food will be scattered to regions in the central Japan prefectures of Gifu and Aichi that have reported cases of infected boars.
By Thursday, a total of 170 wild boars were found to have been infected with the disease in Gifu and 10 in Aichi.
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