South Korea confirms bird flu outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean government declared that there is bird flu virus outbreak after a poultry farm became positive with H5N1 avian flu.

Reports said that the government ordered quarantine measures in 24 farms which bought ducks from Gochang town in North Jeolla province.
In a study conducted by experts, it showed that certain poultry in Gochang was confirmed positive of H5N1 avian flu.

Due to this incident, South Korea ordered culling 21,000 ducks from said farm while in nearby area, farm owners culled about 60,000 ducks to avoid spread of the virus.

The said action is also the start of probing the deaths of at least 1,000 migratory birds in Gochang.

The government considered this incident as the first bird flu outbreak in the country for three years.

The last outbreak was in 2011 wherein more than six million poultry were culled across South Korea. (AFP)



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