_109625641_28c703e7-68fd-4639-b4b5-b2ceaedb36db South Korean river turns crimson after being polluted with pigs' bloodPicture copyright
Yeoncheon Imjin River Civic Community

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The river turned crimson from the blood of hundreds of slaughtered pigs

A river close to the inter-Korean border has turned crimson after being polluted with blood from pig carcasses.

South Korean authorities had culled 47,000 pigs in an try and halt the unfold of African swine fever (ASF).

Heavy rains prompted blood to stream from a border burial website right into a tributary of the Imjin River.

African swine fever is very contagious and incurable, with a close to zero survival fee for contaminated pigs, however it’s not harmful to people.

Native authorities dismissed issues that the blood might trigger the unfold of African swine fever to different at-risk animals, saying the pigs had already been disinfected earlier than being slaughtered.

It additionally mentioned emergency steps had been taken to forestall additional air pollution.

An outbreak throughout Asia

The pig-culling operation was carried out over the weekend. The carcasses have been mentioned to have been left inside a number of vehicles at a burial aspect close to the inter-Korean border.

A delay within the manufacturing of plastic containers used for burial disposal meant that burials couldn’t be carried out instantly.

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South Korea has been culling pigs in response to swine fever

ASF was solely found in South Korea lately, and there was hypothesis it arrived by way of pigs crossing the closely guarded demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the North and South.

The primary case of ASF was recoded in North Korea in Might, and the South made nice efforts to maintain it out, together with border fences.

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The South Korean army was authorised to kill any wild boars seen crossing the DMZ.

Regardless of the precautions, South Korea reported its first case on 17 September – with the whole now at 13. There are round 6,700 pig farms in South Korea.

A lot of Asia has been affected by the outbreak, together with China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Some 1.2 million pigs have been culled in China alone.