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Korea: Highest alert issued for foot-and-mouth disease

According to The Korea Times, foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is spreading rapidly nationwide as cattle in another farm tested positive for the virus.

Monday 13 February 2017 (1 years 4 months 8 days ago)

The fifth confirmed case comes three days after the ministry issued its highest alert level following the simultaneous outbreak of two of the seven types of the disease _ types A and O.

It is feared that pig farms will be the hardest hit, because none of more than 11 million pigs nationwide has been vaccinated against the highly infectious airborne A virus.

According to the Korea Pork Producers Association, when vaccination against the disease became mandatory in 2010 after 336,000 animals were culled, pigs were only vaccinated for FMD type O.
 

Sunday February 12, 2017/ The Korea Times/ Korea.
http://koreatimes.co.kr

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