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Korea Mulls Permanent FMD Vaccination

07 March 2011

SOUTH KOREA - The government is considering regular vaccinations for all livestock every six months for the next three to five years to prevent another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

"Until recently, Korea tried to stay vaccine-free like Japan, but we tentatively decided to go for foot-and-mouth disease free status instead through regular vaccination over a long period of time, regardless of the prevalence of the disease," a government official said on Wednesday.

To be recognized as foot-and-mouth disease free through vaccination by the world organization for animal health, a country needs to have been free of the epidemic for at least two years, so it is likely to take two or three years for Korea to get the status restored. On the other hand, for vaccine-free status an application can be lodged three months after the culling of the last infected animal.

The Chosunilbo


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