South Korea continues mass culling programme

South Korea has culled around 15% of its combined pig and cattle population to contain outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and also slaughtered 3% of its poultry population against bird flu.

The country has so far confirmed 120 cases of foot-and-mouth and 26 cases of H5N1 avian influenza.

It said 2.1 million animals, mostly pigs, and 3.6 million poultry, mostly chicken, had been culled.

The nationwide outbreak of foot-and-mouth originated in pigs in the city of Andong in late November and rapidly-spreading outbreaks triggered South Korea to expand its vaccination nationwide.

South Korea also confirmed the first case of bird flu on 31 December after it was found in ducks in the city of Cheonan, South Chungcheong province, and in chickens in the city of Iksan in North Jeolla province.

The country has no human cases of bird flu.

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