Japan, Others to Add Efforts to Stop African Swine Fever Spread

Politics

Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)--Epidemic prevention officials from Japan and other parts of Asia on Wednesday agreed to thoroughly publicize domestic quarantine rules among travelers to prevent further spread of African swine fever.

The agreement came at a meeting of 12 economies, also including China, Mongolia and Vietnam, held in Tokyo from Tuesday to discuss measures against the deadly pig disease.

In cooperation with airlines and others, the economies will let the rules widely known, including those stipulating unacceptable goods, such as meat products, at travel destinations.

Since summer last year, African swine fever has been confirmed in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Japan is facing an urgent need to strengthen border controls after a series of incidents in which meat products brought into the country were found to contain genes of African swine fever virus.

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