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MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) The Miyazaki Prefectural Government on Thursday started having vets conduct visual checks on most of the roughly 940,000 livestock in the prefecture before it declares an end to a months-long foot-and-mouth epidemic.

It plans to have vets visit about 7,700 farms in the prefecture to check the health of livestock by Aug. 11.

After concluding the blanket visual testing, the prefecture plans to issue a declaration of safety on Aug. 27. It is due to lift its final ban on transfers of animals in the city of Miyazaki on Tuesday, as previously planned.

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