African Swine Fever Found at South Korean, German Pig Farms

(Reuters) — Food and agriculture ministries in South Korea and Germany today (May 26) announced that African swine fever had been detected on local pig farms.

In South Korea, about 1,500 animals in the northeastern county of Hongcheon were killed to contain the spread of the pathogen, and an investigation was to be launched on other pig farms in the region, the ministry said.

South Korean authorities issued a standstill order on all pig farms and other livestock related facilities until Monday.

The latest outbreak marks the first time in over seven months for the fever to be detected on a pig farm in the country.

In Germany, African swine fever was discovered on a farm containing around 35 animals in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

All the animals on the farm were killed and disposed of in order to contain the spread of the pathogen, and an investigation has begun on how it entered the population, Germany's ministry said.

African swine fever is harmless to humans but often fatal to pigs, leading to financial losses for farmers.

It originated in Africa before spreading to Europe and Asia and has killed hundreds of millions of pigs worldwide.