A case of foot and mouth disease was confirmed at a dairy farm in South Korea yesterday. This is the first case of the disease discovered in almost a year.

There is also another suspected case reported in a different part of the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs have placed an immediate ban on movement on all live cattle and pigs across the country for 30 hours from 9am on Monday.

The outbreak comes as a surprise to the country’s authorities as vaccinations are mandatory in the country since 2010.

The Ministry said that foot and mouth had been detected at a dairy farm in Boeun County, 170km southeast of the capital Seoul. All 195 cows raised on the farm have been culled in an effort to contain the disease.

The outbreak comes to South Korea, Asia’s fourth largest economy, is still grappling with a nationwide spread of bird flu, which has led to the cull of over 30 million farm birds.

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