More Reports Foot and Mouth Disease Across Korean Farms

kpopluv, Jan. 7, 2015, 10:35 a.m.

Foot-and-mouth, an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, is spreading to more regions of the country.  The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday that foot-and-mouth was confirmed at a cattle farm in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, the first infection reported in cows for four years.

"One of the farm's 47 cows has been confirmed as having contracted the disease," the ministry said. "Vaccinations might have failed to immunize some of the cows against the disease."  However, cattle farms are not expected to be seriously affected by the current outbreak, as vaccination generally confers immunity on around 95 percent of the recipient herd, and there doesn't seem to have been any further spread, the ministry added.

In the most recent outbreak, the first case of foot-and-mouth among pigs was confirmed at a farm in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province, in early December. Since then the disease has spread to the Seoul metropolitan area and North Gyeongsang Province.  As of Tuesday, more than 28,000 swine had been culled at 34 farms across the country.

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