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· First outbreak of African swine fever confirmed in Korea
...there is growing suspicion that the disease may have been transmitted from the North as no other vectors have been found…
· South Korea's MAFRA orders 'standstill' in livestock mobility for 48 hours
... The "standstill" order is with effect from 6.30 am South Korean time (2130 GMT) Tuesday and will end September 19, the document added...
· South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak
· ASF found in South Korea, country on high alert
First outbreak of African swine fever confirmed in Korea
By Kang Seung-woo, The Korea Times
Sep 17, 2019
A first case of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, with the quarantine authorities culling more than 4,000 pigs, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday.
A pig farm in Yeoncheon reported a suspected case of the swine fever, the ministry added later in the day, without providing any further details.
Yeoncheon, a county near the border with North Korea, is located 48 kilometers from Paju.
The outbreak of the deadly virus has put the government on edge, with it ordering a 48-hour movement ban on all pig farms nationwide as of 6:30 a.m. Local governments have also stepped up their own efforts to prevent any spread of the disease.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the first case was confirmed at 6:30 a.m. at a pig farm in the inter-Korean border town following an owner reporting five dead pigs Monday evening.
"The ministry has raised its animal disease alert to the highest level," Agriculture Minister Kim Hyeon-soo said in a press briefing at the Government Complex Sejong.
"As part of efforts to prevent the spread of the swine fever, shipping pigs out of Gyeonggi Province will be banned for a week."
He added the quarantine authorities plan to disinfect 6,300 pig farms across the country and has banned them feeding leftover animal feed, which is known to be one vector for the disease to spread.
The authorities also slaughtered 2,450 pigs at the infected farm, along with an additional 2,250 at two nearby farms run by the owner's family as a precaution.
African swine fever is transmitted by wild boars to domestic pigs and there is no vaccine or cure for the disease that causes fever and bleeding. The virus does not affect people.
More severe strains can kill animals within 10 days of infection and could wipe out entire livestock farms.
Over a million pigs have been culled in China, where the first outbreak was reported last August. Since then, the highly contagious disease has spread across China's borders into Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
The ASF outbreak here comes months after North Korea confirmed cases of the contagious disease May 30. As a result, Seoul implemented quarantine measures in border areas in June. No cases were reported at the time.
While the relevant authorities are carrying out an epidemiological investigation to find out the exact cause of the outbreak, there is growing suspicion that the disease may have been transmitted from the North as no other vectors have been found ― the owner of the farm did not use leftover food; the farm has set up fences to prevent possible contact between its pigs and wild boars; the farm owner has not visited any other countries; and the four Nepalese workers there have also not been to other countries for months...
South Korea's MAFRA orders 'standstill' in livestock mobility for 48 hours
Elizabeth Thang, S&P Global/Platts
17 Sep 2019
Singapore — South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, or MAFRA, issued an order Tuesday for a country-wide "standstill" in the movement of livestock, the trucking of livestock and for people working at these farms to be quarantined for 48 hours, according to an official document seen by S&P Global Platts.
The "standstill" order is with effect from 6.30 am South Korean time (2130 GMT) Tuesday and will end September 19, the document added.
On Monday, five pigs at a farm in Paju, near the border with North Korea, died and all 2,450 pigs have since been slaughtered to stem the outbreak, the document said. MAFRA is now investigating other farms.
ASF is a contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs, and while not dangerous to humans, the disease causes up to 100% fatality in pigs, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.
The disease has resulted in mass cullings and dented feed corn demand.
South Korea is now the eighth country in Asia where the virus has spread to.
The disease is reported in seven other Asian countries, including...
South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak
via ABS-CBN (Philippines) - Sep 17 2019
SEOUL - South Korea on Tuesday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.
Five pigs found dead at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border, were confirmed to have been infected with the virus, an official with Seoul's agriculture ministry told AFP.
"At this point, it's too early to confirm if the case stemmed from the North," the official added.
Seoul's agriculture minister Kim Hyun-soo said 3,950 pigs from three farms in Paju were to be culled.
The virus is not harmful to humans but causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs that is almost always fatal.
There is no antidote or vaccine and the only known way to prevent the disease from spreading is a mass cull of affected livestock.
The confirmed cases in the South came around 3 months after Pyongyang told the World Organization for Animal Health that dozens of pigs had died from the disease at a farm near the Chinese border, according to the South's agriculture ministry.
In June, Seoul said the disease was "highly likely" to enter the country from the North and ordered fences to be erected at farms along the border to prevent possible contact between pigs and wild boar.
There are around 6,700 pig farms across South Korea and pig farming accounts for 40 percent of the total livestock industry…
ASF found in South Korea, country on high alert
By Jane Byrne, Feed Navigator
African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed in South Korea, the eight country in Asia to have experienced an outbreak of the disease.
The virus was discovered at a pig farm in Paju, near the border with North Korea, which reported its first case of ASF in May, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday [September 17].
South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) is said to be investigating other farms.
MAFRA said that nearly 4,000 pigs would be culled to prevent the spread of the virus, with the country increasing its animal disease alert level to the maximum, according to Reuters.
The South Korean agricultural ministry has also issued an order for a halt nationwide in the movement of livestock for 48 hours as it tries to determine the source of the virus.
South Korea has a pig population of 11.3 million, reported Reuters, citing data from Statistics Korea. Pork tops the rankings in terms of meat consumption in that Asian country, with 27kg of pork consumed per person in 2018, as per that data.
Customs data shows, in the first eight months of this year, the country imported 374,961 tons of pork, down 3.6% from 388,772 tons over the same period the year prior. In 2018, South Korea’s pork imports were over 570,000 tons.
ASF spread in Asia ...