Twentieth wild boar infected with African swine fever



via The Korea Times - 2019-11-02


A wild boar found dead near the border with North Korea has tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), authorities said Saturday, bringing the number of such cases to 20 in South Korea.


The confirmation came a day after the wild boar carcass was found by soldiers in the central border town of Cheorwon, about 90 kilometers north of Seoul, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research.


South Korea has begun to mobilize hundreds of soldiers and civilians to hunt down wild boars near the border to try to contain spread of African swine fever.


In May, North Korea reported its first outbreak of the disease at a farm near its border with China to the World Organization for Animal Health. It remains unknown how the virus traveled into South Korea.


Separately, South Korea has confirmed 14 cases of African swine fever at local pig farms since Sept. 17...