South begins cull while North steps up prevention
A cull of 236,000 poultry began yesterday in South
Korea, which reported an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza
virus last week.
South Korea killed 5.3 million birds during the last known outbreak of bird
flu in 2003.
After the H5N1
strain of avian influenza was discovered
, South Korea's agriculture ministry
ordered the culling of poultry within a 500-metre radius of the affected poultry
farm in North Cholla province about 170 km from Seoul.
Quarantine authorities also banned the shipment of more than 5 million
poultry from 221 farms within a 10-km radius of the farm.
Meanwhile, North Korea is stepping up measures to prevent bird
following the news that its neighbour is in the midst of an
North Korea, which had an outbreak of bird flu at two poultry farms near
Pyongyang in February 2005, said it had inoculated poultry and increased checks
along its borders.
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