S. Korea confirms more outbreaks of FMD

South Korea on Wednesday confirmed more outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in areas that had not been hit by the highly contagious animal disease so far.

The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said two cases of FMD were confirmed at cattle farms in Gangwon Province on the country's northeastern region.

Two additional cases were detected on Tuesday at a pig farm in Yesan and a cattle farm in Daegu 134 kilometers and 300km from Seoul, respectively. All four outbreaks occurred in areas that had not been struck by FMD, which has spread throughout the country since the first case was confirmed on Nov. 29 last year.

The latest outbreaks raise the number of FMD cases officially tallied by the government to 124.

FMD has forced South Korea to cull and bury 2.16 million heads of cattle, pigs, goats and deer, with losses estimated to be around 2 trillion won (1.79 billion U.S. dollars), according to the ministry.

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