African Swine Fever Strikes North Korea

Hogs in pins ( Jo Windmann )

The first case of African swine fever has officially been reported in North Korea.

The outbreak was confirmed at a farm in Jagang province in North Korea near the country’s border with China on May 25, Reuters reported.

More than 20 pigs were culled after more than 70 pigs died from the virus, South Korea's agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

North Korea has taken some measures, including disinfection, to keep the disease from spreading. No cases of the virus have been detected in South Korea to date.

ASF is a highly transmissible, deadly disease that affects pigs only. It does not affect humans and does not affect the food supply.  

Following North Korea’s ASF outbreak, the South Korean government will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss ways to prevent the virus from spreading to their country.

Like China, the world's biggest producer and consumer of pork, Korea has one of the world's highest densities of domesticated pigs, The Korea Times said.

According to a government order issued Wednesday in South Korea, people who carry or bring in pork from countries with confirmed outbreaks face a $4,200 fine. 

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