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FMD Breaks Out in South Korean Cattle

07 June 2010

SOUTH KOREA - The South Korean veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in cattle.

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, the outbreak began on 21 April 2010.

The report states that the outbreak occured at a farm in Ch'ungch'ong-namdo. 42 animals were found infected while 54 showed signs of susceptibility to the disease.

While conducting the serological testing of all cloven-hoofed animals to lift the movement restrictions within the FMD control zone established following the FMD outbreaks in Cheongyang-gun, 4 serum samples collected from a beef cattle farm were tested positive for antibodies against FMD virus on 1 June. After re-collecting serum from the farm in question, 42 samples were confirmed positive for antibodies against FMD virus by ELISA on 2 June by the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service.

The source of the outbreak remains unidentified.


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