N.Korea seen as weak link in swine fever’s spread across Asia

Seoul, South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea.

African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian countries, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Feral hogs are thought to be a main reason for its spread, and North Korea has been snubbing the South’s repeated calls for joint quarantine efforts, officials say.

South Korea has culled about 154,500 pigs in the past month, all in farms near the North Korean border.

North Korea hasn’t released any detailed reports on the disease, but South Korea’s spy agency says that pig herds in one North Korea province were “annihilated.”

North Korea observers in Seoul say the pork prices in markets there have soared.

Source: Bahrain News Agency