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Cholera leads to culling of 546 hogs in Japan, exports halted

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Staff Writer | September 10, 2018
The outbreak of swine fever at a central Japan farm, which was confirmed over the weekend, has led to the culling and burying of 546 hogs and a halt in pork exports from across Japan to contain the infection, authorities said Monday.
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Asia   The shipment ban is expected to be in place for at least three months
The shipment ban is expected to be in place for at least three months until Japan is declared clear of the disease, which affects only pigs and wild boars with almost a 100 percent fatality rate. Japan's pork exports totaled 1 billion yen ($9 million) in 2017.

At the farm in the city of Gifu, around 140 pigs have died over the past week due to the disease, also known as hog cholera, which does not affect humans even if meat from an infected animal is consumed.

With all the dead pigs buried at the farm by Monday morning, the disinfection of the facility is planned to be completed by Tuesday.


 

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