Beef Magazine report: South Korea confirmed on Wednesday more outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in areas previously not hit by the highly contagious animal disease, reports Xinhua.com. The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said two cases of FMD were confirmed at cattle farms in Gangwon Province on the country’s northeastern region. Two additional cases were detected on Tuesday at a pig farm in Yesan and a cattle farm in Daegu, 134 km and 300km from Seoul, respectively.
The latest outbreaks raise the number of FMD cases officially tallied by the government to 124 since the first case was confirmed in November 2010.
FMD has forced South Korea to cull and bury 2.16 million cattle, pigs, goats and deer, with losses estimated to be around 2 trillion won ($1.79 billion U.S.), according to the ministry.
Meanwhile, JoongAng Daily reports that North Korea is apparently suffering from its own bout of FMD, according to a South Korean military official.
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