Japan finds first swine fever case in 26 years, but not African fever
TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Japan's agriculture ministry said
on Sunday it had confirmed the country's first outbreak of swine
fever in 26 years and suspended exports of pork and wild boar
The fever, a different kind from the African swine fever
that has broken out in China, was found in a farm in central
Japan's Gifu city, the ministry said.
Swine fever occurs among pigs and wild boar, and is not
infectious to humans, the ministry said in a statement.
African swine fever was detected in China in early August
and has been found in 18 farms or abattoirs in six provinces,
according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The FAO said last week it was almost certain to spread from
China to other Asian countries.
(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi and Junko Fujita
Editing by Robert Birsel)
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