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Farm ministry in Japan to start vaccinating hogs against swine cholera

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 20, 2019
The farm ministry in Japan will begin vaccinating hogs against swine cholera in areas where infections have been confirmed for the first time in two decades.
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A formal announcement about the start of vaccinations was made on September 20 and would be limited to prefectures based on discussions among experts in an advisory panel.

Topics: Japan hog swine cholera

That will likely mean a certain period of time will be required before the vaccinations actually begin.

The first confirmation was made more than a year ago at a hog farm in Gifu Prefecture, which marked Japan's first swine cholera case in 26 years.

Subsequent infections were found in Aichi, Mie and Fukui prefectures. Earlier this month, a hog farm in Saitama Prefecture reported the first swine cholera infection in the Kanto region.

Vaccinating hogs poses a risk to exports because under international rules farms that use the vaccines are considered as unsanitary.

Farm ministry officials are hoping to avoid negatively impacting the industry as a whole by only vaccinating hogs in areas affected by the disease.