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PED Suspected in Japanese Pig Herd

12 March 2014, at 8:03am

JAPAN - At a farm on Kyushu, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) is the suspected cause of an outbreak of diarrhoea in young piglets.

On 10 March, at a farm in Karatsu province, 1,400 young pigs were involved in an outbreak of diarrhoea; 25 animals died, reports Kyushu Yomiuri.

As there is a suspicion of PED, the authoirities have sent samples for examination to the National Institute of Animal Health in Kyushu Branch (Kagoshima Prefecture).

The authorities have called for a voluntary ban on pig movements in the area.

If confirmed, this would be the first PED infection in the prefecture.