South Korea confirmed the second strain of foot and mouth disease which is rapidly spreading. The agriculture ministry of Seoul announced that state officials decided to raise the alert status to the highest level due to the fact that the second strain of this terrible disease was confirmed. The A-type strain of the foot and mouth disease was revealed at a dairy farm in Yeoncheon.
Kim Kyeong-Kyu, the deputy minister for food industry policy, stated that this area is at only fifty miles north of the capital of the city. Shortly after the O-type strain outbreak was confirmed in Southeast Korea, the ministry decided that it’s best to raise the alert status to a maximum. During a briefing, Kim Kyeong-Kyu stated that the reason for which they increased the warning level to maximum was due to multiple foot and mouth cases which occurred in distinct areas of the country.
On February 8th, approximately 826 cattle have been slaughtered. Back in 2010 was the last time when South Korea raised the alert status to maximum due to a foot and mouth disease outbreak. That epidemic was considered to be the worst one that ever occurred.
This year, the first outbreak was revealed on Monday, February 6th. Since that day, Korea has undertaken emergency measures, implementing a movement control order meant to contain the dangerous virus, but also a nationwide vaccination. The ministry decided to re-vaccinate all cattle against the O-type virus. Kim pointed out that the livestock of Korea would need to be immunized again against the A-strain of the foot and mouth disease.
Oh Soon-min, who is a senior agriculture ministry official responsible for animal health, stated that the ministry was meant to find a way to import more vaccine stocks from Merial because Korea’s supply of O+A type vaccines was short. This inventory of vaccines was bound to allow the vaccination of all farm animals for both strains at the same time.
Oh Soon-min claimed that also state noted that state officials need to check the inventory of the company before thinking about bringing as many supplies as needed. Korea regularly vaccinates its hogs and cattle against three different types of foot and mouth illnesses. The country has about 10 million hogs and 3.14 million cattle.
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