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S. Korea confirms more FMD outbreaks

English.news.cn   2010-12-27 14:21:52 FeedbackPrintRSS

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea confirmed Monday three more outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), as the country struggles to rein in the rapid spread of the highly contagious disease affecting cloven-hoofed animals.

The latest outbreaks were reported from a pig farm in the port city of Incheon and two cattle farms in Cheongsong, North Gyeongsang Province and Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province, despite previous quarantine efforts there, according to the agriculture ministry.

Over 3,000 heads of cattle were culled in a bid to stop the spread of the disease that prompted the authorities to resort to vaccination of cattle.

South Korea, which reported its first case of foot-and-mouth disease in 2000, was hit again in 2002 and twice earlier this year.

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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