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Cow Catches Disease in South Korea

June 8, 2002

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ A cow in central South Korea tested positive for foot-and-mouth disease Saturday, the first such case since the deadly animal disease was detected in a pig a month ago.

Authorities have slaughtered tens of thousands of pigs since the outbreak of the disease in Ansung, 60 miles south of Seoul, on May 2. No cattle in the area were found infected.

But on Friday a farmer 1.7 miles away reported that one of his cows was showing symptoms of foot-and-mouth. A subsequent scientific test confirmed the cow was infected, officials said.

As a preventive measure, authorities slaughtered 130 cows in nearby areas.

South Korea has been struggling to allay international concerns about the possible spread of the highly contagious disease during the World Cup. South Korea is co-host of the monthlong tournament with Japan.

South Korea has called the concerns ``groundless″ as outbreaks have been restricted to districts some distance from tournament venues. The nearest venue is Suwon, 25 miles north of the affected region.

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