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Classical Swine Fever Kills Hundreds in South Korea

14 September 2016, at 12:00am

SOUTH KOREA - An outbreak of classical swine fever has been reported on a pig farm in South Korea.

The outbreak was discovered on 4 September 2016 at a farm in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do.

Of the 2,100 pigs susceptible, 222 cases were reported leading to five deaths and for 217 pigs to be destroyed.

The affected pigs were 80-90 days in age.

The source of the outbreak is thought to be due to contact with wild species.

Gene sequence analysis has shown that the homology of this virus is very similar with previous wild boar isolated virus in Korea.