Japan to Vaccinate Farm Pigs to Contain Swine Fever
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Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will shift policy and enable vaccinations of farm pigs in a bid to prevent the spread of swine fever, agriculture minister Taku Eto said Friday.
The agriculture ministry will revise epidemic control guidelines to enable farm pig vaccinations, Eto said. The vaccinations will cover areas hit by swine fever outbreaks, sources familiar with the matter said.
Vaccine makers will be asked to increase their production, Eto said.
The ministry thinks there is no choice but to start vaccinating farm pigs, as Japan has been unable to contain the spread of swine fever a year after the first outbreak of the highly contagious disease in the country in 26 years was detected in the central prefecture of Gifu.
The decision was made after a swine fever outbreak was confirmed at a pig farm in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, last week following infections mainly in the Chubu central region.
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