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Japan begins oral vaccination programme in wild boars

12 March 2019, at 12:16p.m.

Gifu and Aichi prefectures in Japan have announced plans for orally vaccinating wild boars against classic swine fever (CSF)

According to ProMedMail, The Japan Agricultural News and Pig333, two prefectures have started programmes to orally vaccinate wild boar.

Gifu prefecture established the Prefecture Oral Vaccine Countermeasure Council to combat the spread of the disease. The council is made up of relevant city municipalities, hunting clubs, the prefectural pig farming association and other organisations.

Gifu has set up 900 locations to administer the vaccine, and Aichi prefecture will open 60 locations. Both prefectures hope to be operational by the end of March 2019.

The boars will receive the spray vaccine six times. There will be three inoculation periods over the next 12 months until March 2020. The campaign will be evaluated to determine its success in 2020.

The efforts will cover 120 km² in 18 cities and towns. The main focus for the efforts will be on the mountainous and forested regions in both prefectures where infected boars were found.