October 02, 2019 08:20
Another case of African swine fever was confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 10 in the span of two weeks.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said tests on pigs at a farm in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, a city close to the inter-Korean border north of Seoul, came back positive. Paju is where the first case of ASF was confirmed roughly two weeks ago.
The ministry issued a 48-hour ban effective until Friday morning on hog shipments in Gyeonggi Province, Incheon and Gangwon Province to prevent the further spread of the deadly animal disease. More than 110,000 hogs -- nearly 1 percent of Korea's entire herd -- are expected to be culled nationwide in an effort to contain the outbreak.
ASF is highly contagious and nearly 100 percent fatal to pigs. While there is no vaccine for the disease, it does not affect humans.
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