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South Korea claiming upper hand in battle against Foot and Mouth Disease

South Korean officials Monday, Jan. 17, said vaccinations and quarantine efforts are curbing the country’s worst-ever outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Since last November, nearly 1.7 million animals have been culled. The outbreak has decimated the country’s livestock industry and cost farmers more than $1 billion in the last six weeks.

Prior to the culling, South Korea had 10 million hogs and 3 million cattle.

The government’s agriculture officials say they are gaining the upper hand, with only a few new cases of FMD reported in the past several days, but farmers say it will take them years to recover financially. The government’s top veterinarian predicts that, as a result of widespread quarantine and aggressive vaccinations, the number of cases should be “minimized” by the end of this month.

South Korean officials Monday, Jan. 17, said vaccinations and quarantine efforts are curbing the country’s worst-ever outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Since last November, nearly 1.7 million animals have been culled. The outbreak has decimated the country’s livestock industry and cost farmers more than $1 billion in the last six weeks.

Prior to the culling, South Korea had 10 million hogs and 3 million cattle.

The government’s agriculture officials say they are gaining the upper hand, with only a few new cases of FMD reported in the past several days, but farmers say it will take them years to recover financially. The government’s top veterinarian predicts that, as a result of widespread quarantine and aggressive vaccinations, the number of cases should be “minimized” by the end of this month.

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