H5N1 Bird Flu Affects Chickens, Geese in N Korean Village

NORTH KOREA - The North Korean veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu in Hwanghae-Bukto.
calendar icon 23 April 2014
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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 1 on 22 April. According to the report, the affected population comprises chickens and geese.

A total of 501 birds were found susceptible to the outbreak, out of which all birds were found affected. A total of 136 deaths were reported and the remaining 365 birds were destroyed.

Birds in Hwanghae-Bukto and P'yongyang-Si - the region where previous outbreaks have been reported - have been vaccinated. in Hwanghae-Bukto, a total of 20,000 chickens were vaccinated while in P'yongyang-Si, a total of 530,000 chickens received vaccination (240,000 chickens in Hadang Chicken Factory and 290,000 chickens in Sopo Chicken Factory).

According to the OIE, all birds in infected cages were killed by formalin gas of 60g per m3.

The source of the outbreaks remains inconclusive.

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