South Korea says it's culled about 15% of its combined pig and cattle population to contain outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), while slaughtering 3% of its poultry population against bird flu.

Asia's fourth-largest economy confirmed 120 cases of FMD recently and 26 cases of H5N1 avian influenza in statements from the agriculture ministry. The ministry said 2.1 million animals, mostly pigs, and 3.6 million poultry, mostly chickens, have been culled to be buried.

The nationwide outbreaks of FMD originated in pigs in the city of Andong in North Gyeongsang province on Nov. 28, and rapidly spreading outbreaks to six provinces triggered South Korea to expand vaccination nationwide.

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