Foot-and-mouth disease reported in South Korea
At least two strains of the disease have been reported this week, according to Yonhap.
An A-type virus strain was most recently identified at a farm not too far from Seoul. On Tuesday, an O-type virus strain was found in central South Korea.
News of the virus has prompted a quick response from the government.
According to one provincial authority, 252,000 out of 486,000 cows have been vaccinated against both the A-type and O-type strains.
While vaccines are in sufficient supply to inoculate the majority of cattle, about 94,000 of the 486,000 bovines may only be vaccinated against the O-type virus, due to a shortage of the more comprehensive treatment that protects cattle against both strains.
There are strong concerns the disease could spread to hog farms. ■