South Korea’s government has completed quarantine measures on Sunday to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of border areas.
No cases have been reported to date. On May 30, North Korea confirmed an ASF outbreak. Since then, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it disinfected pig farms in 14 cities and counties in South Korea, including Ganghwa, Paju, Pocheon and Goyang from June 5 to June 14.
The ministry pulled blood and tested pigs from 601 farms, The Korea Times reported, noting it also will test free-range pigs from 35 farms nationwide. No positive tests were discovered.
To help keep ASF out, the government has built fences at 465 locations to prevent wild boars from approaching farms, while more will be erected at another 156 locations soon.
The virus can also be carried across borders in processed pork used for livestock feed as recycled food waste. Violators who bring in pork from countries with confirmed ASF outbreaks face a $4,200 fine.
"Although there has been no positive case of swine fever, we are still on high alert over a possible spread of the disease and the ministry is set to carry out on-site inspections and monitor farms by phone on a daily basis," the ministry official said.
Pyongyang reported ASF at a pig farm in a region bordering China to the World Organization for Animal Health in May.
ASF is a deadly disease of pigs that can be transmitted by wild boars to domestic pigs. There is no vaccine at this time. The disease cannot be spread to humans and does not affect the food supply.
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