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South Korea reports outbreak of African swine fever

After seven months without an outbreak, animal health authorities in South Korea have confirmed two cases of African swine fever (ASF) at a pig farm in Yeongwol-gun.

11 May 2021, at 9:09am

The outbreak was reported at a farm with 401 pigs in Gangwon Province. The Ministry of Agriculture said that all pigs at the farm were culled immediately as part of biosecurity measures.

The Ministry imposed a 48-hour movement restriction on livestock facilities in Gangwon Province, Gyeonggi Province and North Chungcheong Province – areas where other outbreaks of ASF have been identified.

The Korea Herald reports that 11 ASF cases have been reported in wild boars in Yeongwol-gun since 2019. The recently affected pig farm is 1.2km away from the last confirmed case in wild boar.

Neighboring pig farms returned negative ASF tests. Animal health authorities are testing 170 more farms in nearby areas to identify breaches in the viral quarantine. The Agriculture Ministry is also acting to install more fences to restrict the movements of wild boar, who act as reservoirs for the ASF virus.

“It is unfortunate to discover another African swine fever case despite our concentrated quarantine efforts,” said acting Prime Minister Hong Nam-ki.

“All measures must be preemptively and boldly made, and I ask related ministries to concentrate all of their resources to actively cooperate in controlling the outbreak.”

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