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South Korea Reports 23 New Bird Flu Outbreaks

by 5m Editor
18 January 2011, at 12:32am

SOUTH KOREA - There were 23 new outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), across the western side of the country, particularly in the far south-west.

The authorities sent Follow Up Report No. 4 dated 17 January to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

All outbreaks reported were on farms and started between 6 and 13 January. Most were on ducks farms in the regions of Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla), Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong) and Gyeonggi-do.

In all, some 702,820 bird were involved, of which 20,307 showed symptoms and/or died and the remaining 682,523 have been destroyed.

The report adds that there were notifications of HPAI suspected cases from farmers. They were proved as HPAI virus H5N1 subtype in NVRQS. The poultry in the affected farms and in the area within a 500-metre radius from the affected farms were culled and buried. Disinfection and clinical surveillance in the area within 10-km radius from the affected farms has been intensified.

The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the HPAI virus has been confirmed.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.