11 Apr 2010

Cull underway to curb South Korea foot and mouth outbreak

8:57 pm on 11 April 2010

South Korea has started culling more than 25,000 animals, trying to contain an outbreak of foot and mouth disease affecting a region north-west of the capital, Seoul.

The Gangwha county is enlisting 800 officials and soldiers to cull cows and pigs within a three kilometre radius of a farm that reported the outbreak last week, with a growing number of reports of suspected cases.

The disease is spread by a highly contagious virus that affects cows, pigs and sheep.

The latest case follows an outbreak in a northern region in January that led to the halt of pork and beef exports.