South Korea says two farms tested negative for swine fever

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said yesterday that tests on dead animals from two farms near its border with North Korea came back negative for African swine fever, at least temporarily easing fears over the spread of the illness that has ravaged herds across Asia.

South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it will continue to maintain an elevated level of quarantine and preventive efforts at farms

near the border following an outbreak that was confirmed earlier this week.

Workers have so far culled more than 10,000 animals to contain the disease after the country’s first two cases were confirmed in the towns of Paju and Yeoncheon, which are near the border. The North reported an outbreak near its border with China in May.

Officials had tested samples of three dead animals from two other farms in Paju last Friday after they were suspected of African swine fever infection.

Quarantine officials stand guard as a precaution against African swine fever near a farm in Paju, South Korea. PHOTO: AP