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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

South Korea : S Korea reports additional case of foot-and-mouth disease near Seoul

From Xinhua :

" SEOUL, Dec. 20 : An additional case of foot-and- mouth disease has been confirmed Monday in Goyang City, near Seoul, aggravating fears that quarantine efforts have failed to prevent spread of the highly contagious viral disease affecting cloven- hoofed animals.

A suspected case reported from a beef cattle farm in Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province, tested positive for foot-and-mouth disease, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said. The ministry added that the affected farm raises 53 beef cattle.

"All 53 heads of cattle on the farm have been culled to prevent further spread of the disease," it said.

With the latest confirmed case in Goyang City, the number of regions in the Seoul metropolitan area hit by foot-and-mouth disease has increased to four, including Paju City, Yangju City and Yeoncheon County, all in Gyeonggi Province."

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