Japanese Hoof and Mouth
TOKYO, Japan –
An outbreak of hoof and mouth disease is being taken very seriously in Japan. The disease was confirmed in April and since then the government has been trying to get it under control.
More than 188,000 cows, pigs, goats and buffalo are scheduled to be slaughtered on the island of Kyushu, the affected area. The massive cull will affect 131 farms and has already begun.
Hoof and mouth is highly contagious and presents a very serious agricultural crisis in heavily populated areas like Japan. The government hopes that by culling any suspicious animals, it can control the spread of disease to other islands.
Vaccination of livestock is also part of the plan to control the outbreak.