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Foot and Mouth Disease in South Korea

08 January 2010

SOUTH KOREA - The foot-and-mouth disease has been found on a dairy farm in South Korea.

The South Korean Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Kiyoon Chang, told the World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, that six cases had been found in a dairy herd on a farm near Pocheon city in the Kyongi-Do province.

All 185 animals in the herd were destroyed.

A private veterinarian first found suspicious cases in the affected farm and reported them to the local government and to the Kyonggi-do Veterinary Services on 2 January 2010. It was negative by penside test kit on 3 January 2010. On 6 January, the local government veterinarian visited the farm again and tested the cattle which showed suspicious clinical signs and found some positive results.

The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) finally confirmed positive on 7 January. Various animal health measures have been implemented on that farm including movement restriction, disinfection and stamping-out and an epidemiological investigation was started.

This is the first outbreak of teh disease in South Korea since 2002.



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