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Korea reports new African swine fever case in 2 months

South Korea on Thursday announced the wake of the African swine fever (ASF) case in about two months and had begun slaughtering nearly 5,500 pigs.

The agriculture ministry said it had issued a standstill order on pig farms and related facilities in northern regions in the wake of the  ASF

On Wednesday, the animal disease was reported at a pig farm in the country of Cheorwon, about 71 kilometers northeast of Seoul.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, this marked the first case since September, when the disease broke out at a farm in Gangwon’s Chuncheon city.

The authorities are culling 5,499 pigs raised there as a preventive step, and issued a 24-hour standstill order in the northern part of Gangwon and the adjacent Gyeonggi Provinces that will be effective through 11:30 p.m. Thursday, it added.

The authorities would carry out an in-depth inspection into 59 farms nearby. There were 24 pig farms within a 10-kilometer radius of the affected farm, and they rise about a combined 62,000 pigs, according to the ministry.

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

The ministry said the current ASF situation was not likely to affect the country’s pork supply.

Caleb Ijioma

Reporter

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