SEOUL, March 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's government said Friday it found traces of the African swine fever (ASF) virus from a sausage product brought in by a Chinese traveler, and urged visitors to cooperate with quarantine rules.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it found traces of the African swine fever virus from food owned by a Chinese national who entered the country through the port in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on March 4.
Seoul has been rolling out stronger quarantine efforts after it detected traces of the African swine fever virus from foodstuffs brought by Chinese travelers last year.
The ministry said travelers are not permitted bring pork products in from overseas, and warned that those who fail to make proper filing can be fined up to 5 million won (US$4,394).
The government also asked officials who work at pork-related industries to refrain from visiting areas where the African swine fever outbreaks have been reported.
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