Swine Fever Outbreaks in Japan Spread to Kanto Region

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan's agriculture ministry said Friday that swine fever infections have occurred at a pig farm in the city of Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, part of the country's Kanto eastern region, which also includes Tokyo.

It is the first time that a swine fever case has been confirmed in Kanto since the first outbreak of the infectious disease in the country in 26 years was detected in September last year, in the central prefecture of Gifu.

The latest outbreak marked the 41st case of swine fever since the confirmation of the Gifu case.

After some of pigs shipped from the Chichibu farm to a meat-processing facility in Yamanashi Prefecture, southwest of Saitama, died or showed abnormal symptoms, the central government and the Yamanashi prefectural government conducted a test on the pigs for possible swine fever infection, according to officials of the ministry.

Infections were confirmed Friday, with the test showing positive results, the officials said. The Saitama prefectural government also confirmed the outbreak through its on-site inspection of the farm.

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