Swine Fever Outbreak in Japan Originated from Asia: Expert Team

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Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--A team of epidemiology experts have found that the ongoing swine fever outbreak in Japan originated from Asia, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

The team found that the genotypes of swine fever viruses detected in the country between September last year and June this year matched those found in China.

The viruses were brought to Japan through illegal imports of infected meat products from Asia, according to the team.

It is very likely that wild boars that ate the products, which were disposed of inappropriately, caused the spread of the disease, the team said.

Wild boars who have tested positive for the disease were found around many of the infected pig farms, according to the team. Of 28 cases of infections surveyed, at least 20 have been found to be the result of virus transmission via wild boars, it said.

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