South Korea Confirms New Cases of African Swine Fever

Farm Journal ( Before this recent case, last reported case of foot and mouth disease in South Korea was in February of last year. )

The toll continues to rise of African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in South Korea. Three more wild boars were found dead near the border with North Korea, bringing the number of ASF cases to 86 in South Korea.

The confirmation came just days after wild boar carcasses were found in Paju, just north of Seoul, KBS World Radio reports. The National Institute of Environmental Research on Saturday confirmed the detection of the ASF virus in the three pigs whose carcasses were discovered by local residents in Paju.

The carcasses were later buried and the area sterilized to prevent further spread of the deadly virus. 

Officials say of the 86 confirmed ASF cases from wild boars, 31 were from Paju.

In May, North Korea confirmed its first ASF outbreak on a pig farm near its border with China. South Korea has reported 14 cases of pigs infected with the disease on farms since September, the Korea Times reports.

Although South Korea has not reported any ASF cases on farms since October, wild boars continue to be found dead with ASF, mostly along the inter-Korean border.

ASF has no cure and no vaccine is currently available. The disease is not harmful to humans and poses no food safety risk. It is devastating to pigs, however, and has caused great upset in the global pork industry. Biosecurity is the best defense to keep the disease out of swine herds, experts say. 

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