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Kim Jong Un May Be Hiding a Hog Apocalypse From the World

  • African swine fever is said to have spread across North Korea
  • Virus risks becoming endemic, dispersing to neighboring states
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Swine Fever Spreads to North Korea
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By official accounts, the pig contagion wreaking havoc across Eastern Asia has virtually skipped over North Korea, with a single outbreak reported there in May. But wayward feral pigs have stoked concern that Kim Jong Un’s reclusive state is hiding an African swine fever disaster.

Five wild boars were found dead in or near border areas separating the two countries this month before being tested positive for the viral hemorrhagic disease, officials in South Korea said. The finding reflects the freedom with which animals roam the 4-kilometer (2.5 mile) wide buffer zone that divides the nations and creates an involuntary park and refuge for fauna.