Japan identifies country’s first swine flu epidemic in 26 years, calls for suspension of pork and wild boar meat

Japan identifies country’s first swine flu epidemic in 26 years, calls for suspension of pork and wild boar meat

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TOKYO: Japan’s agriculture ministry said on Sunday it had confirmed the country’s first epidemic of swine fever in 26 years which called for the suspension of pork and wild boar meat.

The fever, a different kind from the African swine fever that has enveloped China, was found in a farm in central Japan’s Gifu city, the ministry said.

Swine fever occurs amid pigs and wild boar, and is not contagious to humans, the ministry stated.

African swine fever was diagnosed in China in early August and has been found in 18 farms or abattoirs in six provinces, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The FAO said last week it was almost certain to spread from China to other Asian countries.

 

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