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Legal Remedies for the victims of contagious disease

  • Public Land Law Review
  • Abbr : KPLLR
  • 2011, 54(), pp.397-416
  • Publisher : Korean Public Land Law Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law

JEONG, HA MYOUNG 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The outbreak of infectious disease, which is spreading through human populations across even multiple continents, is possible in Korea. Epidemics of Foot and Mouth Disease have resulted in the slaughter of millions of animals, despite this being a frequently nonfatal disease for adult animals, though young animals can have a high mortality. South Korea was hit by the FMD in January 2011, and then suffered for long time. The most serious case of foot-and-mouth outbreak in South Korea's history started in November 2010 in pig farms in Andong city of Gyeongsangbuk-do, and spread in the country rapidly. More than 100 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the country so far, and in January 2011, South Korean officials started a mass cull of approximately 12 percent, or around 3 million in total of the entire domestic pig population and 107,000 of three million cattle of the country to halt the outbreak. Avian influenza also hit Korean poultry farming heavily, resulting in huge damages. One of the best ways to prevent the pandemic is vaccination and the efficacy of vaccination has been widely studied and verified. However, vaccinations can injure people and animals. They may receive compensation for those injuries under the compensation program in rare cases. Korea is needed to reconsider its own vaccination injury compensation program to secure better cooperation among people and farmers.

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