SEOUL (Bernama): South Korea's military has ordered border-guarding troops to shoot on sight wild pigs crossing the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas as part of efforts to prevent the spread of African swine flu, Yonhap news agency reported, quoting a government source on Friday (Oct 4).
The measure came after traces of the infectious animal virus were found in a dead wild boar inside the DMZ, some 1.4km north of the DMZ's southern boundary, earlier this week.
A total of 13 cases of African swine fever have been confirmed so far since its first outbreak in the country last month.
“In order to prevent accidental clashes with the North due to our gunshots, we have notified the North of our decision as well, ” the source said.
African swine flu does not affect humans but is deadly to pigs. There are currently no vaccines or cures for the disease.
Since its outbreak in China in August last year, the disease has spread to neighbouring countries, including Mongolia and Vietnam.
The disease's outbreak in South Korea came about four months after North Korea reported its first confirmed case of the disease at a farm near its border with China to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
It is as yet unclear through which route the disease broke out in South Korea.
The military has said it is unlikely for wild boars of the DMZ to pass through the barbed wire fence along the southern limit line.
But possibilities of their movement across the border have been raised as parts of the fence structure could have been damaged due to bad weather, such as a typhoon. – Bernama
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