ASF outbreak confirmed in South Korea

A South Korea pig farm with 2,400 pigs confirmed an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) on Sunday, three months on from the latest discovery of the disease, according to the Korea Herald.

The government-led ASF task force announced Sunday that an ASF case was confirmed at a domesticated pig farm in Goseong-gun, Gangwon Province. The pig farm in Goseong-gun was raising 2,400 pigs and was the only pig farm in a three-kilometer radius.

According to the Korea Herald, the country far has located a total of 18 ASF cases at local pig farms since the outbreak started in September 2019, with authorities culling more than 450,000 farmed pigs across 14 pig farms in the first 30 days.

The article said that the virus, which is currently active across Europe, Asia and South America, is believed to be a result of young boars born in the spring becoming more active in summer months.

The Ministry of Environment told the Korea Herald it would strengthen its search for wild boars and their dead carcasses while installing more fences to prevent movements of wild boars that are suspected of causing recent outbreaks.

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