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SKorea confirms 6th outbreak of foot-and-mouth

SKorea confirms 6th outbreak of foot-and-mouth

South Korea confirmed a new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease Saturday, bringing the total number of outbreaks in three weeks to six.
Nine cows at a farm in Pocheon, north of Seoul, tested positive for the disease on Saturday, Agriculture Ministry official Kim Dae-gyun said. All 81 cows on the farm were slaughtered as a precaution.
Quarantine workers were also slaughtering 77 cows and 13 deer on other farms near the latest outbreak as a precaution, the ministry said.
The outbreak is about 2.4 miles (3.8 kilometers) from another farm in Pocheon where South Korea's first outbreak of the disease in eight years was reported.
South Korea has slaughtered more than 3,500 animals since that outbreak in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease, Kim said.
Foot-and-mouth disease is often fatal for cloven-hoofed animals including cows, sheep, pigs and goats, causing blisters on the mouth and feet. It does not affect humans.
The disease last hit South Korea in 2002 when some 160,000 pigs either died of the disease or were slaughtered to prevent its spread.


Updated : 2021-05-15 23:06 GMT+08:00