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제 목 Foot-and-mouth alert raised ahead of Seollal
Jan 31,2019
Korea on Wednesday issued a higher alert amid concerns over foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) spreading in the country.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it increased the severity of the alert to the second-highest level
after two FMD cases were reported in Anseong, Gyeonggi.

The notice took effect as of 2:00 p.m. South Korea has a four-stage alert system on FMD.
Under the level, the minister takes charge of a situation room and disinfection centers are installed on major roads
connecting to Anseong and neighboring areas. The government may also consider closing down animal markets
depending on the development of the situation. Owners and workers of animal farms in the region are banned from
meeting each other in person for fear contact can cause the disease to spread.

On Monday, the ministry confirmed a FMD case at a dairy cow farm in Anseong, with one more case being reported
a day later at a beef cattle farm. The two farms are 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) apart.
The ministry said the two cases appear to be related, and that the disease probably spread through vehicles.

The government said it is culling animals from establishments run by the owner of the problematic hanwoo farm,
and is thoroughly checking 14 neighboring farms within a 500-meter (1,640-foot) radius. Hanwoo is a type of
premium Korean beef. The ministry is also conducting a precautionary culling of animals within the boundaries
of the farm where the first case was reported.

Animals in nearby provinces are receiving vaccinations, it added. The ministry is making efforts to fully bring
the situation under control, as around 30 million Koreans are expected to travel around the country during the
Lunar New Year holiday next week.

If owners of farms with FMD cases are found to have failed to vaccinate animals or to have not properly taken
precautionary measures, the ministry said it can impose fines of up to 10 million won ($8,952), with those farms’
state compensation, for losses caused by the culling, reduced by 40 percent.
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