(Nature) South Korea has mobilized military snipers and drones along the demilitarized zone between itself and North Korea to stave off wild boars carrying African swine fever. The country is the latest to report cases of the highly contagious and lethal virus in pigs, which has wiped out tens of millions of the animals across Asia.
The South Korean outbreak comes as Chinese scientists report in Science on 17 October1 that they have obtained the most detailed picture yet of the virus’s structure, which could assist vaccine development. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for African swine fever, which is contained by culling pigs.
Cases of African swine fever began appearing in South Korea in wild boars and pigs on farms near the North Korean border last month. Authorities there have confirmed fifteen cases in wild boars and fourteen in domestic pigs. The nation has culled more than 150,000 pigs since then, says the agriculture ministry.
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