South Korea begins culling
South Korea has begun slaughtering hundreds of
thousands of birds after a fresh outbreak of H5N1 strain of bird flu, said the
All poultry within 3km of the outbreak site - a chicken farm in Cheonan,
about 92 km south of Seoul - are set to be killed, said ministry official Kim
Joon-gul, leading to the killing of 386,000 poultry as a precaution to prevent
the spread of the disease.
Since November, this is South Korea's fifth outbreak, all cases involving
strain, with the most recent outbreak resulting in a cull
involving approximately 273,000 poultry.
The Ministry suspects migratory birds might have caused the latest
outbreak, saying feces samples taken from wild ducks in two reservoirs near the
chicken farm were tested positive for the bird flu virus.
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