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South Korea: 2nd case of African swine fever confirmed

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The second case of African swine fever has been confirmed in South Korea.

However, this particular case happened at a pig farm, near the border with North Korea.

Moreover, the case came into light, a day after the country reported it’s first-ever outbreak of the virus which is deadly to pigs but not harmful to humans.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed the case in a statement on Wednesday, September 18.

According to the Minister, the case was detected at a farm in Yeoncheon, in the northwest of the capital Seoul where there are 4700 pigs.

Meanwhile, China reported the first outbreak of African swine fever in East Asia in early August 2018.

In addition, the disease is nearly 100% fatal and highly contagious among pigs with no known cure or vaccine.

Subsequently, the Ministry ordered the killings of all the pigs at the Yeoncheon farm and promised to contain the outbreak of the disease.

Therefore, when the first case was discovered, South Korea raised its animal disease alert level to the highest available and ramped up disinfection measures.

The country also ordered a temporary nationwide movement ban on hogs and related livestock.

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