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(2nd LD) Livestock movement banned after foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

All Headlines 16:43 February 06, 2017

(ATTN: RECASTS headline and lead; UPDATES with movement ban throughout)

SEJONG, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Monday imposed a ban on the movement of all livestock and farm vehicles across the nation after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy farm, the agriculture ministry said.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said the travel ban was to take effect as of 6 p.m. on that day and last for 30 hours as all people and vehicles are prohibited from entering any farm facility and carrying livestock and dairy products out of their original places.

During the standstill period, all vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected.

The measure came as 195 cows at the farm in Boeun, 180 kilometers southeast of Seoul, of North Chungcheong Province, tested positive for the animal disease.

The ministry said it culled the infected cows right after the outbreak was confirmed.

Also, another suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease was reported at a cow farm in the southwestern region of North Jeolla Province, raising concerns over a nationwide spread of the epidemic. A diagnosis is under way and the result will be announced later Monday, said the ministry.

In particular, animals such as cows and pigs in North Chungcheong and North Jeolla provinces are forbidden from being moved to other provinces for the coming seven days.

The government will vaccinate about 102,000 cows and pigs bred in the country within this week in a way to prevent further spread of the foot-and-mouth disease.

Foot-and-mouth disease, which does not affect humans, is often fatal for cloven-hoofed animals, such as cows, sheep and pigs. South Korea reported its last outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on March 29 last year.

The country has been struggling with the rapidly spreading avian influenza for nearly three months, with more than 30 million chickens and ducks culled.

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