March 6, 2017 / 5:52 AM / 5 months ago

South Korea downgrades foot-and-mouth disease alert status from maximum level

SEOUL, March 6 (Reuters) - South Korea has downgraded its foot-and-mouth disease level by one notch from the maximum level as no new cases have emerged for about a month, Seoul's agriculture ministry said on Monday.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement that no new outbreaks have been reported for 21 days. The ministry said it will continue to disinfect farms to contain the virus and monitor the situation closely.

A first case of the disease this winter was confirmed on Feb. 6 and followed by several other confirmed cases, prompting the country to raise its alert status for the illness to the highest.

Reporting by Jane Chung; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

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