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Foot-and-mouth disease confirmed in S. Korean cattle farm

English.news.cn   2010-11-30 11:28:52 FeedbackPrintRSS

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Cattle at a local farm in southeastern South Korea tested positive for foot-and-mouth disease on Tuesday, a day after the outbreak of the disease was discovered at two pig farms in the vicinity.

The newly infected farm is located about 8 km away from the pig farms with confirmed cases of foot-and-mouth disease in Andong, North Gyeongsang province.

Cattle at the infected farm have already been culled and domestic animals within a 500-meter radius of the farm are facing a cull in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, according to local media reports.

With planned culling of about 23,000 animals including pigs and cattle within a 3-kilometer radius of the epicenter, which began yesterday, 3,100 have been killed and approximately 1,400 among the rest are scheduled to be culled today.

The latest outbreak of the disease in South Korea came two months after the country was cleared free of the disease by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in late September. 

Editor: Deng Shasha
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