African Swine Fever Kills Wild Boars in South Korea

( Valentin Panzirsch )

South Korean authorities discovered a dead wild boar infected with African swine fever (ASF) near the country’s border with North Korea. On Saturday, authorities said this brings the total to 20 cases in South Korea, The Korea Times reports.

Earlier that week, a wild boar carcass was discovered by soldiers near Cheorwon, a central border town about 55 miles north of Seoul, reports the National Institute of Environmental Research.

Hundreds of soldiers and civilians are being mobilized to hunt wild boars near the border in an attempt to contain the spread of the deadly ASF virus. 

More than 153,000 pigs have been killed in South Korea since Asia’s fourth-biggest pork consumer confirmed ASF on Sept. 17 at a farm near the border with North Korea. To date, 14 cases have been confirmed in domesticated pigs in areas bordering North Korea, The Korea Times reports. 

In May, North Korea reported its first outbreak of the disease at a farm near its border with China to the World Organization for Animal Health. It remains unknown how the virus traveled into South Korea.

Although ASF does not affect humans and poses no food safety risk, it is deadly to pigs and is wreaking havoc in the global pork marketplace. There are currently no vaccines or cures for the disease.

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