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(LEAD) S. Korea reports suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease

All News 16:58 February 05, 2017

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SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's agriculture ministry said Sunday it has received a report of suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the central county of Boeun and a diagnosis is under way.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said the report came from a dairy farm of 195 cows in Boeun, 180 kilometers southeast of Seoul, of North Chungcheong Province.

A livestock farm in South Chungcheong Province (Yonhap file photo)

The result of the diagnosis will be announced on Monday, the ministry said.

Foot-and-mouth disease, which does not affect humans, is often fatal for cloven-hoofed animals such as cows, sheep and pigs.

The ministry said it has taken measures to contain the suspected outbreak, including a ban on movements by livestock and people near the farm.

South Korea reported its last outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on March 29 last year.

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