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South Korea completes vaccinations of animals against foot-and-mouth disease

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The government in South Korea has completed emergency vaccinations of cows and pigs nationwide to prevent further spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) during the Lunar New Year's holiday, officials said.

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Authorities have culled more than 2,000 cows, the most in eight years, as they are ramping up quarantine efforts following two confirmed cases last week.

The agriculture ministry said that it has completed vaccinations of 1,340 cows and pigs nationwide and disinfected around 86,000 farms and related facilities.

"It takes time for antibodies to form despite the vaccinations," Agriculture Minister Lee Gae-ho said. "I ask provincial governments and quarantine officials to mobilize all available sources to focus on disinfection during the holiday."

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