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Japan culls over 700 hogs to contain outbreak of swine fever

On Saturday, Japanese officials culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture after detecting an outbreak of classic swine fever.

16 September 2019, at 9:25am

According to reporting from Reuters, Japanese officials have confirmed an outbreak of classic swine fever in Saitama Prefecture. The Prefecture decided to cease shipments from two other pig farms in the area of the outbreak.

The current flu outbreak in Japan is different from the deadly African swine fever that China has been battling. The strain found in Saitama Prefecture is also known as hog cholera, and occurs among pigs and wild boar. It does not infect humans.

Read the original story from Reuters here.