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S. Korea lifts restriction on movement of animals over FMD outbreak

All Headlines 09:58 February 15, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Friday lifted its restriction on the movement of animals that had been imposed to tackle the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) as no additional cases have been reported.

The government has raised its alert level against the possible spread of the animal disease since late January as the country has confirmed three cases.

"The restriction of animal movements to curb FMD will be lifted as of today," Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said on social media.

"The reason is that the incubation period for the virus -- two weeks at maximum -- ended Thursday," he added.

The prime minister first wrote that the FMD outbreak was put to an end but later deleted the expression as an official declaration will be made by the agriculture ministry.

The country confirmed this year's first outbreak of the disease on Jan. 28 at a farm in Anseong, 80 kilometers south of Seoul. Two more cases were confirmed at a farm nearby the Anseong farm and at one in Chungju, 147 kilometers south of Seoul, respectively.

The government pumped up efforts to curb the spread of FMD ahead of the Lunar New Year's holiday that fell on Feb. 4-6 as millions of people travel nationwide for the traditional holiday.

A quarantine official vaccinates cows at a farm in Daejeon, some 164 kilometers south of Seoul, on Jan. 30, 2019, in an effort to prevent further spread of foot-and-mouth disease. (Yonhap)

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