March 10, 2015

 

South Korea remains troubled by FMD outbreaks
 

 

South Korea is still coping with 77 ongoing outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the country which started in December 2014, according to a report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

 

The government has yet to identify the source of the infections which had resulted in the culling of 65,951 head of swine and four head of cattle.

 

In the meantime, measures have been implemented which include control of wildlife reservoirs, movement control inside the country and vaccination.

 

South Korea was previously deemed to have carried out all necessary prevention measures to keep its territories FMD-free, based on a now-questionable risk assessment by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

 

The report came before the country was struck by the disease in January 2009, followed by 155 outbreaks during the 2010-11 period.

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