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S. Korea reports 1st African swine fever case in 7 months

13:52 May 05, 2021

SEOUL, May 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's agriculture ministry said Wednesday it has confirmed an African swine fever (ASF) case, marking the first one of the highly contagious and deadly animal disease in seven months.

According to the ministry, pigs at a farm in Gangwon Province were infected with the deadly animal disease, prompting the authorities to cull 401 animals, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

This undated file photo shows a pig farm in South Korea. (Yonhap)

The country also issued a special 48-hour travel ban on livestock-related facilities in Gangwon Province and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province and North Chungcheong Province.

In 2019, ASF swept through pig farms in northern regions covering Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces, prompting authorities to cull about 400,000 pigs nationwide as part of preventive measures. A total of 14 farms were infected.

Although no new ASF cases had been reported from local farms, the virus was prevailing among wild boars, which can potentially infect domestic pigs through contact.

More than 780 cases of ASF from wild boars from the border areas, leading the authorities to cull more than 3,000 wild boars.

ASF does not affect humans but is deadly to pigs. There is currently no vaccine or cure for the disease.

khj@yna.co.kr
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