Swine Fever Vaccinations Start at Farms in 6 Prefectures

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Gifu and five other central Japan prefectures with confirmed swine fever cases started vaccinating pigs at farms Friday to prevent the infectious disease from spreading further.

The move marked the first swine fever vaccinations at farms in Japan in 13 years since April 2006, when preventive vaccinations were discontinued.

It is uncertain, however, whether Japan can end the epidemic soon. Vaccines do not necessarily work for all pigs immediately.

Japan had its first outbreak of swine fever in 26 years in the city of Gifu in September last year. Pigs and wild boars have tested positive for the disease in 11 prefectures, with a total of 146,000 pigs culled.

Gifu Prefecture plans to vaccinate some 52,000 pigs at 37 farms. On Friday, 122 people including veterinarians were divided into 30 groups to be sent to farms.

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