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S.Korean tests find no foot-and-mouth in suspected case

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:21 GMT
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* Suspected foot-and-mouth found in a cow early on Tuesday

* Govt later confirms the case tested negative for disease (Adds govt's negative confirmation)

By Meeyoung Cho

SEOUL, Dec 4 (Reuters) - South Korea said tests were negative for a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease after earlier vowing to make thorough checks not to repeat a 2010-2011 nationwide outbreak that cost it about 3 trillion won (${esc.dollar}2.8 billion).

The agriculture ministry said early on Tuesday that the suspected case was reported in one out of five cows at a farm in the county of Cheongdo, northern Gyeongsang province, about 350 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

A separate statement emailed by the ministry late on Tuesday showed that tests showed the case did not prove to be the disease.

Asia's fourth-largest economy, a net importer of beef and pork, slaughtered a total of 3.48 million animals - mostly hogs - and conducted a nationwide vaccination to contain a foot and mouth outbreak from November 2010 to April 2011.

(${esc.dollar}1 = 1083.1000 Korean won) (Reporting by Meeyoung Cho; Editing by Michael Urquhart and Jane Baird)

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