PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease – North Korea: (PB, PM) cattle, susp, RFI


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[1] Date: Tue 23 May 2023
Source: SPN (Seoul Pyongyang News) [in Korean, machine trans.,

It is reported that foot-and-mouth disease [FMD] has occurred and is
spreading in Pyongan Province, North Korea. A source from South
Pyongan Province and North Pyongan Province said on 21 May 2023:
“Recently, symptoms such as death of cows or blisters in the mouth and
teats were found at farms in Uiju County, North Pyongan Province,
Yongcheon, and Anju City, South Pyongan Province.” He told SPN Seoul
Pyongyang News.

The source said, “As FMD broke out at a local farm, we are concerned
that it is another big bad news for North Korea’s livestock sector
since the African swine fever outbreak that started in Wusi County,
Jagang Province in January 2019.”

However, “the North Korean authorities did not report this to the
World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH), but left it to the local
veterinary quarantine officials, saying it was a ‘foot disease’ and
neglecting it,” he informed the local situation.

In 2019, in Jagang-do and Yanggang-do regions, many Burimso (cows)
died due to “foot disease”, causing great damage to farms.

In South Korea, an outbreak of FMD has recently occurred in
Chungcheong-do, and emergency quarantine efforts are underway.

[Byline: Ahn Yoon-seok]

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