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Feral cats found on grounds of Gifu facility with hog cholera outbreak

The pig breeding facility where hog cholera was confirmed is seen in Seki, Gifu Prefecture, on Dec. 25, 2018, from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter. (Mainichi/Yusuke Komatsu)

GIFU -- There were roughly 10 feral cats on the grounds of a pig breeding facility in the city of Seki where the sixth case of hog cholera was confirmed, Gifu Prefectural Government officials said on Dec. 28.

There are signs that parts of the dead piglets and placentas were eaten, and a central government epidemiologist team has requested the facility manager to abide by breeding and management standards.

In addition, prefectural inspectors cast doubt on the evaluation of the premises. The farm was given an "A" grade for passing management standards in 11 onsite inspections by prefectural authorities, and a substantial revision to prefectural inspections and guidelines for farms was requested.

Gifu Gov. Hajime Furuta said at a regular press conference on Dec. 28 of the government's failure to put a stop to the spread of the hog cholera outbreak, "There are areas where improvement is needed. There is no prompt and efficient answer. We'll patiently overcome the problem."

Along with the establishment of an information-sharing department in the Cabinet Office for National Security Affairs and Crisis Management, the prefectural government briefed Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita and others in the central government about the situation.

(Japanese original Masakatsu Oka, Gifu Bureau)

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