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South Korea - FMD virus spreading

09-Dec-2010 (5 years 10 months 13 days ago)

A cattle farm in Yecheon, North Gyeongsang Province, was found to have been infected with the deadly foot-and-mouth disease [FMD] Monday [6 Dec 2010], the 1st outbreak outside Andong, where the disease was 1st reported early last week.

Confirmation of this has put the provincial government and state quarantine agencies on the highest alert as it has become more likely the highly contagious virus will spread throughout the province and possibly beyond.

Three suspected FMD cases reported in Yeongju and Daegu have tested
negative. But another farm in Cheongdo, about 100 km away from the
epicenter, has reported suspected signs of the virus on its livestock
and is awaiting laboratory test results.

According to the North Gyeongsang Provincial Government, a livestock
farm in Yecheon, some 21 km southwest of Andong, was confirmed to be
infected with the animal disease. Over 200 cows within a 500-meter
radius of the infected farm were destroyed and buried underground to
stem the spread of the virus to other regions.

30 out of the 39 farms have tested positive for FMD, while 8 were
confirmed to be negative. The remaining case is under examination.

Nearly 400 veterinarians and civil servants have been mobilized
throughout the province to spread disinfectant at livestock farms, as
well as check on suspected cases of the disease. A total of 180
makeshift guard posts have been set up on major roads to restrict the
movements of livestock, people and vehicles in and out of the infected areas.

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