South Korea free of bird flu
More than 3 months after several outbreaks resulted in authorities to
slaughter nearly 8.5 mln birds, South Korea is planning to declare itself bird
Agriculture Ministry's chief veterinary officer, Kim Chang-seob, said the
declaration will be reported to the OIE, which has reportedly been at the
forefront of global efforts to monitor and fight H5N1 bird flu.
Under the OIE's regulations, a country can officially declare itself free
of bird flu if no new cases of the disease have been found for 3 months.
In early April, South Korea confirmed its first outbreak of H5N1 this year.
No new outbreaks have been found since May 12, according to the ministry.
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