(Oct 13): 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.

Three wild boars were found dead in border areas separating the two countries earlier this month before being tested positive for the viral haemorrhagic disease, officials in South Korea said.

In an update on Sunday, South Korean authorities said African swine fever was detected in two more dead wild boar near the inter-Korean border area, raising the tally to five, Yonhap News Agency reported.

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