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(Update) Swine Fever Confirmed in Okinawa for 1st Time in 33 Yrs

(Update) Swine Fever Confirmed in Okinawa for 1st Time in 33 Yrs

   Naha, Okinawa Pref., Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan's agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a classical swine fever infection has been confirmed at a pig farm Okinawa Prefecture, the first outbreak of the disease in the country's southernmost prefecture in 33 years since autumn 1986.
   The Okinawa prefectural government will slaughter a total of 1,813 pigs.
   The prefecture conducted an on-site inspection of the farm in the city of Uruma after receiving a report from its owner on Monday that a pig had been found dead at the facility, according to the prefecture.
   The central government carried out a genetic test after pigs at the farm tested positive for CSF in an examination conducted by the prefectural government. The farmer has a total of 825 pigs at two farms in the city. At a farm near the affected facility, 988 pigs also tested positive for the infectious disease in a test by the prefecture.
   The animals to be culled include some from the "Agu" Okinawan pig breed, according to informed sources.

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