Pigs test negative for hog cholera near Tokyo
Jiji -- May 25
Pigs raised at a farm in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, have tested negative for hog cholera after receiving a through antibody test at a national research institute, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

The outcome came after some pigs at the farm tested positive for the disease in a simple test conducted by the prefectural government Wednesday.

The farm reported the suspicious deaths of dozens of pigs to the prefectural government on Tuesday.

Hog cholera is a viral disease that kills infected pigs in most cases, but does not infect humans, the ministry said. The meat of infected pigs is safe to eat, it said.

The ministry and the prefectural government said a close follow-up is needed though no outbreak of hog cholera has been confirmed at the farm.

千葉県の養豚場で23日までに二十数頭の豚が死んでいるのが見つかり、簡易検査で豚コレラの陽性反応が出たことが分かりました。 農林水産省によりますと、千葉県旭市の養豚場で数日前から豚、二十数頭が相次いで発熱して死亡しました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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