May 6, 2021


South Korea confirms first African swine fever case in seven months


South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the first African swine fever (ASF) case in the country in seven months, at a farm in Gangwon Province, Yonhap News Agency reported.


401 swine have been culled at the farm, with an additional 48-hour travel ban imposed on all livestock-related facilities at Gangwon Province and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province and North Chungcheong Province.


ASF spread among 14 swine farms in the northern regions of South Korea in 2019, covering Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces. About 400,000 swine were culled to prevent the spread of the virus.


While there have been no reported ASF cases among swine farms in the country, the virus remains prevalent in wild boars. There are more than 780 reported ASF cases from wild boars along the country's borders, with 3,000 wild boars culled by authorities.


- Yonhap News Agency