June 03, 2019 09:24
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs here held an emergency meeting on Friday over the first confirmed case of African swine fever in North Korea.
North Korean authorities reported the outbreak to the World Organization for Animal Health the previous day.
The ministry says over 20 pigs were culled after more than 70 died from the virus at a farm in North Korea's Jagang Province near the border with China.
As part of efforts to prevent the disease from entering the South, the ministry designated 10 areas close to the border with North Korea as special management zones and began quarantine measures.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon also called for all-out efforts to prevent the virus from spreading.
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