Foot and mouth returns to South Korea

Just 5 days after South Korea declared the end of their foot and mouth outbreak, six pigs were diagnosed with the disease.  All the pigs were on the same farm in Yeongcheon, N. Gyeongsang province.  Earlier, South Korea had chosen to vaccinate its animals against foot and mouth in an attempt to control the epidemic.  Countries generally prefer to eliminate outbreaks by culling and restricting animal movements because it take longer to regain certification as “foot and mouth free” if vaccinations are used.  The detection of the disease is a blow to South Korea; the epidemic has already led to losses totalling 2.6 billion US dollars.

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