SEOUL South Korea raised the country's foot-and-mouth disease alert status to the highest level as a second strain of the disease was confirmed at a dairy farm, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday.
"We are raising the alert level as foot-and-mouth cases occurred at different parts of the country and a second type of the disease emerged," Kim Kyeong-kyu, deputy minister for food industry policy, told a briefing.
Kim added the move is part of the government's preemptive measures to stop the spread of the virus.
Since the first outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed on Monday, a total of three cases were found and another suspected case is being tested.
South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, last raised the country's foot-and-mouth disease alert status to the highest level in 2010 when the country grappled with its worst-ever foot-and-mouth outbreak.
(Reporting By Jane Chung; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)