South Korea - FMD: The government is considering regular vaccinations for all livestock

The government is considering regular vaccinations for all livestock every 6 months for the next 3 to 5 years to prevent another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease [FMD].
Friday 4 March 2011 (6 years 11 months 18 days ago)
The government is considering regular vaccinations for all livestock every 6 months for the next 3 to 5 years to prevent another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease [FMD].

"Until recently, Korea tried to stay vaccine-free like Japan, but we tentatively decided to go for FMD free status instead through regular vaccination over a long period of time, regardless of the prevalence of the disease," a government official said on Wednesday.

To be recognized as FMD free through vaccination by the world organisation for animal health [OIE], a country needs to have been free of the epidemic for at least 2 years, so it is likely to take 2 or 3 years for Korea to get the status restored. On the other hand, for vaccine-free status, an application can be lodged 3 months after the culling of the last infected animal.

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