Infectious African Swine Fever Virus Found in Japan for 1st Time


Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's agriculture ministry said Tuesday that live African swine fever virus was detected in two pork sausage products brought into the country from China, marking the first case of the virus being confirmed in a contagious state in Japan.

In further efforts to prevent the invasion of the virus, the ministry plans to take strict actions against malicious cases of meat products being carried into Japan illegally.

The undercooked sausages were found in luggage of passengers who arrived at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, from China in January, according to the ministry.

African swine fever infects pigs and wild boars, but is different from the swine fever that is spreading in central Japan prefectures including Gifu.

The African swine fever virus is highly contagious, and there are no effective vaccines against the disease. The disease does not spread to humans, and consumption of meat from infected animals is harmless.

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