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No. of ASF-positive wild boars in S. Korea reaches 95

National 22:29 January 22, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- The number of wild boars infected with African swine fever (ASF) in South Korea went up to 95 on Wednesday, as seven carcasses recently found near the border with North Korea tested positive.

The seven bodies were found in Paju, just north of Seoul. Of the 95 confirmed ASF cases from wild boars, 38 were from the border city, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research, which is affiliated with the environment ministry.

No. of ASF-positive wild boars in S. Korea reaches 95 - 1

In May, North Korea confirmed its first outbreak of African swine fever on a pig farm near its border with China. South Korea has reported 14 cases of pigs infected with the disease on farms since September.

South Korea has not reported additional ASF cases on farms since October, but wild boars continue to be found dead with the disease, mostly along the inter-Korean border.

It remains unclear whether the disease came from the North.

The animal disease does not affect humans but is deadly to pigs. There is currently no vaccine nor cure for the disease.

The virus spreads through direct contact with infected animals or their remains, unlike other animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease, which is airborne.

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