Foot-and-mouth epidemic has ended – Miyakonojo farmers breathe sigh of relief

Farmers resumed shipping livestock in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Friday as a three-week ban on moving animals was lifted at midnight Thursday, after confirmation that the foot-and-mouth epidemic had ended.

A suspected case of the disease broke out June 9 in the city, which serves as one of Japan’s major livestock centers. But no other cases have since emerged, thanks to a quick countermeasure of culling and burying all the animals at the farm.

The Miyakonojo city office decided to reopen most of its public facilities on Saturday, including libraries and gymnasiums, which have been closed since the outbreak.

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