China News Service, Seoul, February 3, South Korea has recently experienced foot and mouth disease outbreaks. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, and Food of the Republic of Korea said on the 3rd that it has vaccinated cattle, pigs and other livestock nationwide.
After the diagnosis of the first case of foot-and-mouth disease in South Korea on January 28 this year, a number of foot-and-mouth disease epidemics occurred in Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheongbuk-do in South Korea in the past week. On January 30, the South Korean government raised the level of epidemic prevention alarms to the second highest level and issued a time-limited mobile ban on relevant personnel and vehicles near the affected areas.
The Korea Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Food said on the 3rd that 13.4 million cattle and pigs have been vaccinated nationwide, and about 86,000 farms and related facilities have been disinfected. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Foods said that it takes a while for livestock to form antibodies after vaccination, and it is necessary to guard against the spread of the epidemic.
The Associated Press and other media reported that the Korean epidemic prevention authorities have slaughtered more than 2,000 cows.
South Korea is on the Spring Festival holiday, returning home to visit relatives and domestic tourists, and increase the difficulty of prevention and control of the epidemic. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Loon has previously urged the public to stay away from the affected areas. The South Korean government said that a meeting will be held every day during the Spring Festival holiday to check the spread of the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic.
In 2010, the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak broke out in South Korea for the first time. Since 2014, South Korea has had a foot-and-mouth disease epidemic almost every year. Foot-and-mouth disease is a viral infection that spreads among cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep, and pigs. It is generally less transmitted to humans, but people may be infected if they are exposed to excessive disease.