South Korea hit again: this time, Newcastle disease
Newcastle disease has been discovered in South Korea,
only a few kilometers from the most recent bird flu outbreak site, officials
, which can be fatal to poultry, was found in Cheonan, South
Chungcheong Province, four kilometers from Asan where bird
was discovered recently.
The Cheonan local government has reported that about 10,000 chickens died
last Thursday and Friday after exhibiting respiratory and central nervous system
Close inspection confirmed the cause of the deaths to be Newcastle disease,
a highly contagious zoonotic bird disease.
A total of around 15,000 chickens were being raised on the farm, the
remaining 5,000 of which have been slaughtered. After the disease was
discovered, the government has taken measures to limit the movement of chickens
from the farm, as well as transportation of vehicles to it.
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