Foot-and-mouth disease cases reported in South Korea

SEOUL (Xinhua) – A suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was reported in South Korea yesterday, a day after the Agriculture Ministry confirmed an FMD case, according to local media reports.

The suspected FMD outbreak was reported at a beef cattle farm in Anseong, some 80km south of the capital Seoul.

One out of five cows at the farm was tested positive for the acute infectious disease that causes fever and vesicles in the mouth and on the feet.

It came a day after the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed the country’s first FMD outbreak this year at a dairy farm in Anseong, about 15km away from the beef cattle farm.

Livestock animals in cities and towns near Anseong would receive vaccination as soon as possible, the ministry said.