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North Korea asks South to help with foot-and-mouth

by 5m Editor
15 March 2007, at 8:48am

SEOUL - North Korea has culled pigs and cows to try to halt an outbreak of highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease and asked the South to provide it with medication, South Korea's unification minister said on Thursday.

North Korea said it had culled 466 cows and 2,630 pigs since an outbreak of the disease on Jan. 10 at a farm near its capital, Pyongyang, minister Lee Jae-joung told reporters.

"We will try to help as soon as possible because there is a concern that it will spread to our region," Lee told a weekly briefing.

Last week, the Paris-based Office International des Epizooties, the world body that governs animal health, said on its Web site (www.oie.int) the North had had a foot-and-mouth outbreak. It reported the same numbers of animals culled.

Source: Reuters India

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Information on Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD)

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