River Turns Blood Red in South Korea After 47,000 Pigs Are Slaughtered Due to African Swine Fever

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That’s biblical!

Watch this river turn blood red after thousands of pigs are culled because of the African Swine fever in Africa.

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Blood red Imjin River in South Korea after pig mass killing due to African swine fever. Picture: Imjin River Civic Network

Residents living along South Korea’s seventh-largest river were left baffled and anxious after the water turned blood red and an unbearable smell filled up the air.

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South Korea river turns red after pig mass killing. Picture by Imjin River Civic Network

Oddly enough, the Imjin River, which runs through the demilitarised zone near the inter-Korean border, turned blood red last sunday, after blood from a burial site containing 47,000 pig carcasses seeped into the stream due to heavy rains.

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Dead pigs piled up on a truck in Yeoncheon county, South Korea. Picture: AFP via Straits Times

The mass killing took place over the weekend, but the carcasses were left inside trucks and on the ground because plastic containers used in the burial were missing.

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At least they didn’t bury them alive. Picture via AFP

Meanwhile, the blood has been pumped out of the river and did not contaminate tap water reservoirs in the region.

Dramatic African Swine Fever in South Korea

South Korea is currently experiencing an unprecedented African swine fever epidemic, which has seen as much as 380,000 pigs culled since its start on September 17, 2019.

African swine fever is a highly contagious haemorrhagic disease and is almost always fatal to swine herds, but does not affect humans.

The illness occurs among pigs and wild boars and is transmitted by ticks and direct contact between animals.

There is no antidote or vaccine and the only way to prevent the disease to grow is the mass killing of livestock. [Straits Times, The Sun Daily, Free Republic, ABC]

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