From The Straits Times

TOKYO (DPA) – Japanese authorities were battling to contain swine flu on Wednesday (Feb 6) after the virus was detected at multiple sites in central Japan.

Japanese soldiers and local government officials began slaughtering around 6,600 pigs at a farm in Toyota City in Aichi prefecture following the confirmation of an outbreak of swine fever, also known as hog cholera, there.

Since January, the farm has shipped pigs to six facilities in Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga and Osaka prefectures, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It said it had found the virus at all the above places except Mie.

The Nagano prefectural government also started the slaughtering of 2,400 pigs at a farm in the village of Miyada.

The government could end up killing a total of 15,000 pigs, Kyodo News agency reported.

“We are facing a critical stage,” Farm Minister Takamori Yoshikawa said at a ministry meeting.

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