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Foot-and-Mouth vaccinations may be regular occurrence in South Korea

Regular vaccinations taking place every six months for three to five years is under consideration by the government. The recent outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) has sparked these actions.

"Because we gave up culling livestock that would spread Foot-and-Mouth virus and have already vaccinated livestock nationwide, we run a much greater risk of a chronic latent foot-and-mouth virus than before. If we reduce or stop vaccination, the risk of recurrence or spread of the virus increases, so introduction of constant vaccination is inevitable."

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) will give the status of being FMD-free through vaccination, when a country has been free of the epidemic for at least two years. For Korea it will probably take two or three years to get the status back. But for a vaccine-free status, an application for this can be made three months after the culling of the last infected animal.

Related website: World Organisation for Animal Health

Source: The Chosunilbo


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