13 Jan '11, 4am

Outbreak news: HFMD, bird flu fears spread in South Korea - TODAYonline www.iDonatePlasma.com

SEOUL - South Korea held an emergency Cabinet meeting yesterday to deal with a rapidly expanding outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The meeting, led by President Lee Myung Bak, was held to discuss changes in disinfection and precautions against foot-and-mouth, according to the government officials and local media. Asia's fourth-largest economy has culled 10 per cent of its cattle and pigs as it tries to contain the foot-and-mouth outbreak, triggering a spike in domestic beef and pork prices and exacerbating food inflation. The government on Tuesday announced plans to boost food supply to cope with rising prices ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday. A South Korean Agriculture Ministry official said the country, however, has no plans to boost imports now or cut import duties. South Korea also raised its bird flu alert level late on Tuesday to "watch" from "caution" after d...

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