ASF Suspected in North Korea

The African swine fever outbreak first discovered in August of last year in China has now spread to neighboring North Korea, according to multiple sources in that country.

A scene from Sakju County, North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK reports the disease, almost always fatal to pigs but harmless to humans, began to spread in the Hyungjaesan District, Sungho District and other areas on the outskirts of Pyongyang from mid-February and has led to the deaths of many pigs that had been raised by families.

The North Korean government has prohibited the sale of pigs since the outbreak was first suspected in February, but citizens are ignoring the order and continue to raise and sell pork in markets.