Secrets of Germany's 'Alcatraz' virus island revealed

World / Science & Health Dec 28, 2019

Secrets of Germany's 'Alcatraz' virus island revealed

On a Baltic Sea island once used by the Nazis for biological weapon research, German scientists are developing virus vaccines that could save lives. Access to the island of Riems is highly restricted. Scientists who work there have to have disinfectant showers when entering or ...

Japan expands swine fever vaccinations to seven more prefectures

National Dec 20, 2019

Japan expands swine fever vaccinations to seven more prefectures

The government said Friday it will expand vaccinations of pigs against hog cholera to cover Tokyo and seven prefectures adjacent to the 12 prefectures with confirmed cases of the deadly virus. The vaccinations may start later this month in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Kyoto and Nara, ...

Japan may expand swine fever vaccination areas to unaffected prefectures

National Dec 7, 2019

Japan may expand swine fever vaccination areas to unaffected prefectures

Agriculture minister Taku Eto on Friday suggested the possibility of expanding the swine fever vaccination program to cover prefectures where the infectious disease hasn't entered yet. Six unaffected prefectures have asked the agriculture ministry for vaccinations, which started being carried out in infected prefectures last ...

Japan gears up for pig culls to prevent African swine fever

National Nov 25, 2019

Japan gears up for pig culls to prevent African swine fever

The agriculture ministry will seek to allow pig culls as a preventive measure against African swine fever, something not currently permitted by the law, if the disease is detected in Japan. The ministry will submit a bill to the Diet next year to revise the ...

Swine fever vaccination plan cleared by farm ministry

National Oct 11, 2019

Swine fever vaccination plan cleared by farm ministry

An agriculture ministry panel has approved preventive swine fever vaccinations for pigs being raised in prefectures with confirmed cases of the disease. The proposal to revise the state's disease prevention guidelines was presented Thursday by the animal hygiene subcommittee of the Council of Food, Agriculture ...