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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" background= border=0><TBODY><TR><TD bgColor=#ffffff><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=632 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle width=200>2006/05/09 16:02 </TD><TD align=right></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR><TD bgColor=#ffffff>
    S. Korea to build animal virus control center in Mongolia

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will establish an animal virus detection center in Mongolia as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease, the Agriculture Ministry said Tuesday.

    South Korean Agriculture Minister Park Hong-soo and his Mongolian counterpart agreed to the building plan during talks in Ulan Bator the same day, it said.

    Park is in the Mongolian capital as part of South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun's entourage. Roh, who arrived there on Sunday for a four-day state visit, met with Mongolian leaders including Mongolian Prime Minister Miyegombin Enkhbold on Tuesday.

    The two-year plan calls for Seoul to provide US$2 million for a biosafety Level 3 facility, along with offering virus detection and testing equipment and training to man the facility.

    "The transfer of know-how related to quick detection and quarantine will be an important part of the support package," an official said. South Korea is a recognized leader in this field, and helping Mongolia combat animal disease outbreaks is in South Korea's best interests, he said.

    Transportation advances make it easy for animal-related diseases to cross borders, and migratory birds, cited as a possible cause for bird flu, fly between South Korea and Mongolia.

    The country has 1.9 million heads of cattle, 250,000 camels and 2 million horses that can transmit foot-and-mouth disease.

    In addition, South Korea will provide assistance to Mongolia for manmade forests to curb spring dust storms. These storms reach South Korea on a regular basis, causing discomfort, health problems and even damages to certain industries.
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