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Japan plans wider pig culls if African swine fever discovered

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In the event a pig with African swine fever (ASF) is found at a farm, all pigs at farms within up to 3 kilometers of the affected facility could be culled in order to prevent the highly pathogenic disease from spreading, agriculture ministry sources said Wednesday.

A bill to revise the law on controlling infectious diseases in domestic animals that would enable preventive culling is slated to be submitted to the Diet soon, with its enactment expected by the end of the month.

Right after the revised law is put into effect in early February, the ministry will amend its ASF prevention guidelines to allow the preventive culling at farms within a 3-kilometer radius of an affected farm, instead of the current range of a 500-meter radius, the sources said.
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