April 27, 2022

South Korea firms up ASF measures as spring nears


South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is strengthening African swine fever (ASF) control measures as the spring season approaches.


In the spring, the population of boars soars after the gestation period (April to May) and the woods grow thicker, making it harder to search and capture carcasses. At the same time, a rising number of hikers poses an additional threat as they can come in contact with ASF-affected boars.


The areas affected by ASF go beyond the Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces. The outbreak has spread to other regions including Choongju and Boeun in North Choongcheong province  and Sangju, Uljin and Moongyeong of the North Gyeongsang province with ASF-affected carcasses continuously found there.


Thermal drone teams, capture teams and professional carcass search teams will be put in place in critical control areas, with the focus on capturing and searching for wild boar carcasses to prevent any additional spread of ASF.


In the non-affected areas, where wild boar population density should be lowered, teams will capture animals and search for carcasses to monitor the spread of the disease. The South Korean Ministry of Environment has set capture targets according to each city and province to reduce the population density of wild boars to 0.7 animals or less per square kilometers in 2022.


Beginning in April, comprehensive ASF inspection on wild boars will be conducted for all the captured animals.



- Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (South Korea)