Animal disease: South Korea reports third cas...
Animal disease

South Korea reports third case of ASF

Imago / Hans Lucas
According to The Korea Times, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo instructed officials to fully implement quarantine steps in close cooperation with local governments to contain the spread of the virus.
According to The Korea Times, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo instructed officials to fully implement quarantine steps in close cooperation with local governments to contain the spread of the virus.

REPUBLIC of KOREA, Seoul. Local media outlets report that South Korea is suffering from a new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The agriculture ministry announced plans to cull over 7,000 pigs to contain the spread.

According to The Korea Times, the disease broke out at a pig farm in Chuncheon, 85 km northeast of Seoul. Citing a ministry official, the government issued a 24-hour standstill order on pig farms and related facilities in Gangwon Province and plans to conduct an in-depth inspection into 43 adjacent farms. In addition, tests at around 200 pig farms in the province will be conducted.


The outbreak marks this year’s third ASF case, with the previous case occurring in August in the eastern county of Yanggu.

According to the news outlet, the ministry said that the current ASF situation is not likely to affect the country's pork supply, as the number of pigs to be culled this time accounts for about 0.06% of the total pigs currently being raised in the country.
The outbreak follows the recent agreement to lift trade barriers for EU exports of pork and poultry products to South Korea. The Republic had been restricting imports from ASF-affected countries to protect its domestic pork production.

Source: The Korea Times

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