North Korea claims to have H5N1 vaccine
of H5N1 vaccine locally developed recently in our country is increased and the
compulsory vaccination of it to whole poultry flocks is being done," said Ri
Kyong Gun, director of the North's Veterinary and Anti-Epidemic
Ri did not say
when the H5N1
vaccine was developed or how effective it is.
Bird flu hit
early last year, prompting the slaughter
of about 210,000 chickens and other poultry. No new cases have since been
reported. Across the tightly sealed border with the South, three cases of bird
flu have broken out since last month, forcing the government to cull more than
1.13 million birds.
At a chicken
on Wednesday, quarantine workers were
disinfecting all trucks entering the farm, spraying disinfectants on the
vehicles and putting disinfectant powder on the ground to make sure tires do not
carry any virus.
workers at the farm were seen giving vaccine shots to chickens.
farm is taking thorough measures to ban contacts from outside, control vehicles
and people coming in and out of the farm and vaccinate whole poultry flocks,"
said Jo Yong Pil, head of the farm's veterinary control team.
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