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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

South Korea : Farmers quarantining themselves for New Year

Via Joong Ang Daily :

" Ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, livestock farmers are voluntarily cutting themselves off from their family and friends in fear that visitors might infect their farms with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) or avian influenza A, fencing themselves in, shutting down roads and closing local markets.

Residents of Gaya, Hongseong County, South Chungcheong, have blocked off roads leading to their village to fend off visitors from contagious regions since Jan. 11. Gaya is free of FMD.

Kim Yeong-pal, the 52-year-old head of the village, said, “We are willing to bear more inconveniences if we can successfully fend off the FMD virus.”

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