South Korean officials discovered African swine fever (ASF) in packed pork sausage brought into the country by a Chinese traveler, the South Korea agriculture ministry said on Friday.
According to Reuters, the traveler arrived at Pyeongtaek port in the country’s northeast on March 4. This marks the second time the highly contagious virus has been detected in Chinese foods carried to South Korea by travelers.
Since the first case was discovered in August last year, South Korea has tightened quarantine operations at airports and ports. Livestock farmers have been asked to avoid travel to countries with ASF outbreaks such as China.
This virus, deadly to pigs but not humans, has not hit any hog farms in South Korea. South Korea does not import pork products or live pigs from China.