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Al Jazeera 8 Oct 2019

Fears African swine fever in North Korea could spread to South


Following intelligence reports that African swine fever has spread to most pigs in North Korea, its southern neighbour has offered to cooperate on quarantine efforts, fearful that the virus could spread to its own herds.
But that call has so far been met with silence, and the government in Seoul says it is struggling to get information from Pyongyang.
In September South Korea reported its first case of the virus, leading to a pig cull.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Ganghwa Island, South Korea.

African Swine fever has no vaccine or cure.
An Australian student was released Thursday after a week in detention in North Korea and flew to Beijing, where he described his condition to reporters as "very good."
African swine fever disease have reduced the country's pig herds by a third…
The world's largest pig market is in crisis. China has been struggling to contain the outbreak of African swine fever since it was first reported last August. The disease has also crossed borders into Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia. CGTN's Gerald Tan takes stock of the epidemic.

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