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South Korea: Foot and mouth disease alert status downgraded

South Korea will lower its foot-and-mouth (FMD) alert “from ‘serious’ to ‘caution’ based upon its judgment that it can now stably control the disease,” Prime Minister Hwang Sik Kim said recently. The disease has not spread further since Feb. 26, he said.

South Korea has been fighting the nationwide spread of the FMD epidemic since the first case was reported Nov. 29. The country has culled more than 3.4 million head of cows, pigs and other animals, causing about 3 trillion won (US $2.6 billion) in damages. In addition, concerns over contamination from burial sites are growing.

The government announced a package of measures to improve the country’s systems to cope with outbreaks. Most of the measures focus on introducing a livestock farming permit system next year. A permit system will require people seeking to operate livestock farms on a large scale to meet certain standards and undergo quarantine and sanitation education to be offered by the authorities. All operators of small-scale farms will be required to register themselves with the authorities under the existing system.

South Korea will lower its foot-and-mouth (FMD) alert “from ‘serious’ to ‘caution’ based upon its judgment that it can now stably control the disease,” Prime Minister Hwang Sik Kim said recently. The disease has not spread further since Feb. 26, he said.

South Korea has been fighting the nationwide spread of the FMD epidemic since the first case was reported Nov. 29. The country has culled more than 3.4 million head of cows, pigs and other animals, causing about 3 trillion won (US $2.6 billion) in damages. In addition, concerns over contamination from burial sites are growing.

The government announced a package of measures to improve the country’s systems to cope with outbreaks. Most of the measures focus on introducing a livestock farming permit system next year. A permit system will require people seeking to operate livestock farms on a large scale to meet certain standards and undergo quarantine and sanitation education to be offered by the authorities. All operators of small-scale farms will be required to register themselves with the authorities under the existing system.

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