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South Korea reports first outbreak of African swine fever

The agriculture ministry has ordered a nationwide ban on hog movement for 48 hours, as officials investigate the source of the virus.

South Korea is the latest country in Asia to report African swine fever has infected a swine herd, after five pigs found dead at a farm near the North Korea border tested positive. On Tuesday, Oh Soon-Min, director general and chief veterinary officer for the Animal Health Policy Bureau in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed the outbreak with the World Organization for Animal Health.

More than 2,400 pigs were culled on the farm near Paju, in addition to 1,500 pigs on two other farms owned by the same producer in a preventive effort to stop further spread. The agriculture ministry has ordered a nationwide ban on hog movement for 48 hours, as officials investigate the source of the virus.

In May, North Korea informed the OIE that it had detected its first ASF outbreak at the Buksang cooperative farm in Chagang-Do, near the border with China.

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