Swine Fever Confirmed at Mie Pref. Farm for 1st Time

Politics

Tsu, Mie Pref., July 24 (Jiji Press)--A swine fever outbreak has been confirmed at a pig farm in the central Japan prefecture of Mie for the first time, the agriculture ministry said Wednesday.

Mie is the sixth prefecture where any swine fever case has been detected at a pig farm since Japan had its first swine fever outbreak in 26 years in September last year. Among the six are the neighboring prefectures of Aichi and Gifu.

The latest cases were found at a farm in Inabe, northern Mie. The prefectural government ordered the farm to slaughter 4,000 pigs raised there.

On Monday, the farm reported the deaths of two pigs, which were later confirmed infected through prefectural and central government tests, according to Mie officials.

Three more pigs tested positive through additional examinations, leading the central government to confirm the swine fever outbreak at the farm.

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