South Korea confirms 2nd case of deadly African swine fever, pledges vigilance
* Fatal virus detected on pig farm near N. Korean border
* Gov't sees limited impact on pork supplies
* S.Korea has raised its animal disease alert level to
(Adds unification minister is paragraph 8)
By Jane Chung
SEOUL, Sept 18 (Reuters) - South Korea has confirmed a
second case of African swine fever at a pig farm near the border
with North Korea, a day after reporting its first-ever outbreak
of the virus, deadly to pigs but not harmful to humans.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in
a statement on Wednesday that the second case was detected at a
farm in Yeoncheon, northwest of the capital Seoul, where 4,700
pigs had been raised. North Korea reported its first case in
The first outbreak of African swine fever in East Asia was
reported in China in early August 2018, and the virus has since
spread across Asia. The disease is nearly 100% fatal and highly
contagious among pigs, with no known cure or vaccine.
The ministry said all of the pigs at the Yeoncheon farm
would be slaughtered, pledging vigilance in efforts to contain
the outbreak and ensure stable pork supplies.
After the first case was discovered, South Korea raised its
animal disease alert level to the highest available and ramped
up disinfection measures, including a temporary nationwide
movement ban of hogs and related livestock.
With stockpiles and the national pig herd currently bigger
than usual, the ministry said it expected the culling to have a
limited impact on national pork supplies.
As of August, there were 12.3 million pigs in South Korea,
up from 11.3 million in the second quarter, according to data
from the agriculture ministry and Statistics Korea.
South Korea's Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul told a
parliamentary committee on Wednesday that the ministry had
suggested cooperative quarantine efforts with the North but
nothing had happened so far.
North Korea has been affected by African swine fever as of
Sept. 12, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) website.
(Reporting by Jane Chung; Additional reporting by Joyce Lee
Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Darren Schuettler)
First Published: 2019-09-18 00:22:53
Updated 2019-09-18 06:59:40
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