South Korea: Completed emergency vaccination of 10.6 million livestock

Updated May 25, 2023
Emergency vaccinations against foot-and-mouth disease were recently completed for domestic animals (cows, pigs, and goats). The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced on the 23rd that it would do its best to prevent African Swine Fever (ASF) and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) while taking all-out measures to stabilize foot-and-mouth disease in the future. Foot-and-mouth disease first occurred at a Korean beef farm in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do on the 10th, and as of 16:00 on the 23rd, 10 Korean beef farms and 1 goat farm in Cheongju and Jeungpyeong. From the 11th, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs started emergency vaccination for 520,000 ungulate livestock in cities and counties adjacent to the affected area, and completed vaccination to 10.6 million ungulate livestock nationwide by the 21st.
On the 19th, the foot-and-mouth disease alert level was raised to serious in the outbreak areas (Cheongju and Jeungpyeong) and neighboring cities and counties (Boeun, Goesan, Jincheon, Eumseong, and Cheonan, Daejeon, and Sejong in South Chungcheong Province). In the region, livestock markets were closed until separate measures were taken, and the duty to disinfect vehicles entering and exiting cattle farms was strengthened. In addition, other cities and counties will take measures corresponding to the serious level. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs decided to continuously check the status of disease prevention and control at all ungulate farms across the country and strengthen education and promotion of quarantine rules. This is because most of the farms where foot-and-mouth disease occurred this time were found to have neglected vaccination and did not comply with quarantine rules, such as not having a shoe disinfection tank at the entrance of the barn and ...
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