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S.Korea bans movement of livestock on foot-and-mouth disease

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The South Korean authority on Monday banned the movement of all livestock for 30 hours across the country as suspected cases of foot-and-mouth disease infection were reported.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced the travel ban on all pigs and cows nationwide from 6 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) on Monday to midnight on Tuesday.

Subject to the standstill order will be all of farming households, livestock vehicles and animal feed factories to be cleaned and disinfected during the period.

The move came as a series of infection cases were reported.

On Sunday, a dairy farm at Boeun county, about 180 km southeast of Seoul, reported foot-and-mouth disease contraction.

Another cow farm in Jungeup in North Jeolla province, around 100 km away from the county, also reported a suspected case on Monday.

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