Korea: Gov't lifts movement ban on pig farms, revs up quarantine to tackle swine fever

South Korea's agriculture ministry said Thursday it has lifted the 48-hour movement ban on local pig farms as the country accelerates efforts to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) here.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs imposed a nationwide standstill on all pig farms, slaughterhouses and feed factories across the country on Tuesday morning after the country confirmed the first case of ASF in Paju near the heavily fortified border with North Korea.

A new ASF case was reported in neighboring Yeoncheon the following day, raising concerns over the spread of the highly contagious animal disease.

The ministry said it has completed the disinfection of around 6,300 pig farms across the country and checked the condition of pigs there.

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