A confirmed case of African Swine Fever (ASF) infection was found at a pig farm in Yeongwol, Gangwon-do. According to the authorities on May 5th, two suspected cases at a pig farm were confirmed. The pig farm owner found two pigs dead when he entered the breeding farm to feed them. The confirmed case of ASF in Gangwon-do was the first for seven months after the last case in October 2020. ASF is a fatal viral hemorrhagic swine epidemic. This has a high morbidity rate, and its fatality is almost 100% when it evolves to an acute type. Soft ticks, which are little bugs, work as a medium for spreading this disease by biting pigs. Therefore, it has a huge impact on the pig industry. In contrast, this disease does not pose a major risk to human health when eating food made from infected pigs because the virus gets eliminated if pigs are heated up for 30 minutes in 70°C. This is why there are no cases of people getting ASF through eating pigs. However, as this disease can be fatal and contagious, all 401 pigs at the Yeongwol Pig Farm were slaughtered. The Central Accident Recovery Headquarters for ASF also controlled access to the farm and sterilized it. Furthermore, they issued a 48-hour temporary standstill order for pig farms, slaughterhouses, livestock production facilities, and cars in adjacent provinces: Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, and the Chungbuk area.
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