October 04, 2019 08:24
Traces of the African swine fever virus have been found in the carcass of a wild boar that was discovered in Yeoncheon near the demilitarized zone, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Thursday.
Yeoncheon is also near where the first South Korean outbreak was confirmed about two weeks ago.
The wild boar could have wandered across the DMZ from North Korea, where an ASF outbreak has decimated the pig population.
With two new cases confirmed in Paju and Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday, the total number of affected farms here stands at 13, putting quarantine officials on high alert.
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