December 29, 2020


South Korea beefs up measures against African swine fever


South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs said it has beefed up measures against African swine fever (ASF) such as installing more fences, as increased infections among wild boars could result in another ASF wave among swine farms, Yonhap News Agency reported.


According to the ministry, there are 898 ASF cases among wild boar in the border between South and North Korea since October 2019.


A ministry official said ASF-infected wild boar have been discovered outside the fenced area, which could result in infections among farm livestock swine.


To prevent the spread of ASF, the ministry said it is inspecting fences build along the border to prevent wild boars from making contact with farm swine.


The number of workers searching for wild boar remains have also increased.


Disinfection measures have been boosted in 10 major areas that make up 30% of swine raised in South Korea. These include South Chungcheong and Gyeonggi provinces.


The ministry official said swine farms should follow ASF preventative measures such as installing fences and wearing different shoes when entering swine sheds.


ASF infected 14 South Korean farms in 2019, with two more farm-related cases identified in October this year.


- Yonhap News Agency