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South Korea detects first African swine fever outbreak

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 17, 2019 12:27

South Korea detects first African swine fever outbreak

South Korea has raised its animal disease alert to the highest level after its first outbreak of deadly African swine fever at a pig farm in Paju, a town near the border with North Korea.

The case in South Korea was reported less than four months after the neighbouring North reported its first outbreak in late May.Kim Hyeon-soo, South Korea’s agriculture minister, told a news briefing on Tuesday that in addition to raising the alert level, nearly 4,000 hogs would be culled to prevent the spread of the virus.African swine fever is highly contagious and fatal to swine herds.

It occurs among pigs and wild boars, transmitted by ticks and direct contact between animals. Currently there is no vaccine against the disease, but it does not affect humans.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 17, 2019 12:27