South Korea Confirms Case of Foot and Mouth Disease

David Lee, March 8, 2016, 11:17 a.m.


One additional outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been confirmed in South Korea, stoking concerns that the livestock disease may further spread to other parts of the nation, the government said Tuesday.

Pigs at a swine farm in Nonsan in the central region of South Chungcheong Province tested positive for the highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The quarantine authorities plan to cull the affected animals, with a travel ban in place on animals and vehicles, the ministry added. Early last month, two outbreaks of FMD were confirmed in neighboring towns, following two confirmed cases in southeastern North Jeolla Province in January for the first time since April 2015.

FMD is a "List A" disease as designated by the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health. Countries that report the disease are barred from exporting meat from all cloven-hoofed animals, such as cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.

 

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