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(2nd LD) S. Korea reports suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease

All News 19:01 February 05, 2017

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SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's agriculture ministry said Sunday it has received a report of a 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.

The farm's owner reported the case to the quarantine authorities after finding blisters on the lips and nipples of five milk cows.

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

A diagnosis was under way and the result 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 the movement of 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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