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South Korea reports its first case of African swine fever

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 17, 2019
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Asia   3,950 pigs or so at the farm were culled

South Korea reported its first case of African swine fever on Tuesday, after the five dead pigs at a farm in Paju of Gyeonggi province tested positive, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Topics: South Korea African swine fever

All the 3,950 pigs or so at the farm were culled. No other case has been found yet within a 3-km radius of the farm.

Right after the confirmation, the ministry raised the warning level to the highest, while issuing a 48-hour standstill order to all pig farms nationwide temporarily.

During the standstill period, all the pigs, relevant equipment and people at the pig farms are not allowed to move.

The ministry banned pigs in the Gyeonggi province from moving into other regions for one week, while examining the possible symptoms of the African swine fever at all pig farms across the country.

The ministry asked people to consume pork as the viral disease does not affect humans. African swine fever has no vaccines nor cures yet.


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