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Published : 2014-04-05 15:11
Updated : 2014-04-05 15:11

North Korea has reported a fresh outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease in cattle to a world animal quarantine body, two months after reporting outbreak of the infectious disease in pigs, a U.S. radio report said Saturday.

The Voice of America said that Pyongyang submitted a report to the World Organization for Animal Health, saying that the disease broke out at a cow farm in Cholwon county of Kangwon Province, near the boarder area with South Korea, on March 14.

Nine cows out of 52 were infected with FMD, and one of them died, it added.

It is the first time for North Korea to report FMD in cows. It has notified OIE of outbreak of FMD in pigs in February.

Last week, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said the foot-and-mouth disease in North Korea had spread fast, infecting four cows near the border with South Korea.

According to the VOA, the United States, Canada and Mexico will consider providing vaccination to help North Korea upon its request.

Foot-and-mouth disease is an infectious and sometimes fatal disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals such as pigs, cattle, deer and sheep. (Yonhap)

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