The cases of African swine fever (ASF) in South Korea continue to roll in, the country’s agriculture ministry said on Thursday. Officials are ramping up disinfection measures and have placed a temporary nationwide ban on the transport of hogs and related livestock.
The latest confirmation brings the total number to 13 cases detected since the first ASF outbreak on Sept. 17 in South Korea. The newest cases were confirmed at pig farms in towns near the border with North Korea, Reuters reports.
Reuters reports that previous disinfection measures were ineffective due to heavy rains from Typhoon Mitag that affected the country on late Wednesday and early Thursday. Agriculture Minister Kim Hyeon-soo called for redoubled disinfection efforts on Thursday.
To date, South Korea has culled about 115,000 pigs.
ASF, a disease that is fatal to pigs with no known cure or vaccine, is not harmful to humans. It poses no food safety risk but has wreaked havoc on the global protein market. ASF has now spread to over 50 countries, according to the World Organization for Animal Health.
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