Second Case of African Swine Fever Strikes South Korea

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A second case of African swine fever (ASF) has been reported at a pig farm near the border with North Korea, a day after the first case struck South Korea.

The second case was found at a 4,700-pig farm in Yeoncheon, northwest of the capital Seoul. aid the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in a statement.

The ministry said all of the pigs at the Yeoncheon farm would be slaughtered, Reuters reported. The country is pledging vigilance in its efforts to control this serious outbreak and ensure stable pork supplies.

South Korea raised its animal disease alert level on Tuesday, ramping up disinfection measures that include a temporary nationwide movement ban for both hogs and all related livestock.

Despite this news, the ministry said it expected the culling to have a limited impact on national pork supplies due to a currently larger than usual national pig herd and pork stockpiles. According to Reuters, there were 12.3 million pigs in South Korea as of August, up from 11.3 million in the second quarter.

On Wednesday, South Korea’s Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said that the ministry had suggested cooperative quarantine efforts with North Korea, but nothing had happened so far.

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