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South Korea is culling thousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm Online Cigarettes Store USA near its border with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May.
Kim Hyun-soo, South Korea's agricultural minister, said the country's first case of the highly contagious disease was confirmed Tuesday in tests on five pigs that died Monday evening at the farm in the city of Paju.
Officials were planning to complete by Tuesday the culling of some 4,000 pigs raised at the farm Newport Pleasure and two other farms run by the same family. The government also strengthened efforts to disinfect farms and transport vehicles and ordered a 48-hour standstill on all pig farms, slaughterhouses and feed factories across the country to prevent the spread of the disease, which threatens a massive industry that involves 6,000 farms raising more than 11 million pigs.
African swine fever has decimated pig herds in China and other Asian countries before reaching the Koreas. It is harmless to people but for pigs is highly contagious and fatal. There is no known cure.
"We will invest maximum effort to prevent the disease from spreading ... we believe the first week Newport 100s Box (following the outbreak) would be most dangerous," considering incubation periods, Kim said during a news conference in Sejong City.