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Foot-and-mouth disease reported in capital area

All News 12:33 February 08, 2017

YEONCHEON, South Korea, Feb. 8 (Yonhap) -- A cow farm in the capital area reported a suspected case of the foot-and-mouth disease Wednesday, officials said, following a series of outbreaks earlier in the week.

Ten cows were reported to show symptoms of the virus, such as drooling and blisters, at the farm in Yeoncheon County, 62 kilometers north of Seoul, according to the local officials.

They said they will carry out an inspection of the farm where some 100 milk cows are being raised.

It marks the first time the disease has been reported in the capital region this year.

This year's first infection was confirmed at a dairy farm in central North Chungcheong Province on Monday, after which authorities imposed a ban on the movement of all livestock and farm vehicles across the nation for 30 hours in order to prevent further cases.

A second infection was confirmed a day later at a cow farm in the southwestern region of North Jeolla Province.

Foot-and-mouth disease, which does not affect humans, is highly contagious and affects 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.

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