Pestilence Update

South Korea ramps up disinfection to protect against North’s outbreak of African swine fever

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

South Korea ramps up disinfection to protect against North’s outbreak of African swine fever

By Jane Chung Reuters•May 30, 2019

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea will boost disinfection measures to prevent an outbreak of African swine fever from spreading to its pig herd, after the disease was found in North Korea, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

There is no vaccine for the highly contagious disease fatal to pigs, but which does not affect humans. It spread rapidly across China after being detected there last August, and has also been reported in Vietnam.

The North’s outbreak was confirmed on Saturday at a farm in its province of Jagang near the border with China, South Korea’s agriculture ministry said in a statement, with more than 20 hogs culled and more than 70 dead from the virus.

“There is a possibility that the virus could spread to the South and we plan to carry out extra disinfection measures,” Oh Soon-min, the ministry’s director general, told a news briefing after a government meeting on ways to block the virus.

Measures will include stepping up disinfection in areas near the shared border, the ministry said.

South Korea’s unification ministry said it would make use of a liaison office with its reclusive neighbor to work out detailed protection measures with the North.

Pork, cheaper than beef, is a popular meat in South Korea, which had about 11.2 million pigs in the first quarter, data from Statistics Korea shows.

North Korea has not confirmed the swine fever outbreak, but the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Friday carried three articles on the risks posed by the virus and its rapid spread.

However, South Korea’s agriculture ministry said its neighbor had reported the outbreak to the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Thursday, and took steps to control its spread, including disinfection.

LACK OF PREVENTION CAPABILITY

The North’s outbreak comes as it grapples with food shortages, when four in ten citizens are going hungry after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said this month.

“The food and nutrition insecurity situation in North Korea is worrying and the African swine fever outbreak puts additional pressure on the availability of proteins of animal origin,” said Vincent Martin, an official of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization in China and North Korea.

The North’s pork consumption has increased recently as leader Kim Jong Un pushed to increase meat supply, said Kwon Tae-jin of the GSnJ Institute, an expert on its agriculture.

“It will mainly affect the elite because not every North Korean can easily eat pork or other types of meat,” he said, referring to the virus outbreak.

“The biggest concern is lack of sanitary and prevention capability.”

North Korea raises mainly chicken, ducks and rabbits, but its pig population in 2017 rose 8.9% on the year to 2.6 million, according to Statistics Korea.

South Korean pork producers worry that wild boars near the border could carry in the virus, hitting pig farms.

“Prevention is the best way to counter the virus,” said Oh Yu-hwan, an official of the Korea Pork Producers’ Association.

“The government should step up controlling wild boars, otherwise it could threaten the foundation of the industry.”

The government plans to build more fences to protect farm animals from wild boars and relax rules on hunting them, the ministry said.

However, the average retail price of pork belly changed little in South Korea, standing at 1,857 won ($1.56) per 100 gram (0.22 lb) on May 30 from 1,854 won a year earlier, data from state-run Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp shows.

Shares of South Korean animal medicine suppliers, Eagle Veterinary Technology and Cheil Bio rallied as much as 23% and 16%, respectively, while those of animal feed maker Woosung Feed jumped more than 12%.

($1=1,191.3000 won)

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