Hog Cholera Crisis Worsens in Japan

Wild boars are suspected to be the source of hog cholera infections, but local farmers are asking for wide-spread vaccinations. ( MGN )

Japan’s outbreak of Classical Swine Fever, commonly known as hog cholera, continues to spread with a sixth case identified Dec. 25, since the country first reported the disease in September.

The sixth case was discovered near Seki, Gifu, Japan, in the central part of the country. More than 7,500 pigs have been culled to contain the virus, which has already been detected in wild boars in both Gifu and neighboring Aichi prefectures.

The country has set up a response unit and dispatched about 1,600 Ground Self-Defense Force Troops to the farm to bury the culled pigs. Hog cholera does not affect humans, even if an infected animal is consumed.

A pig showing signs of infection was found in a test prior to shipment Dec. 23, farm officials said. Another tested positive on . Three farms with a total of 1,800 pigs located within about 6 miles were banned from shipping their hogs. Meat processing facilities in the city also halted operations.

Wild boars are suspected to be the source of infection, and university sources are calling for additional steps to control wild pigs in the area. Local farmers are asking for vaccination resources, reports the Associated Press.

It’s been 26 years since Japan reported its last hog cholera case in 1992, and declared the virus eradicated in 2007.

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