Sixty-five New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported by South Korea

6 March 2015, at 1:24am

SOUTH KOREA - According to the latest update by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), there have been a total of 65 new outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza, affecting almost 2.6 million birds.

In Follow-up Report No.1, the veterinary authority reports 22 outbreaks clusters of high-path avian flu covering 65 individual outbreaks, mainly in the western half of the country but also affecting city areas in the south-east.

All the outbreaks, which started between September 2014 and the end of January 2015, were in domestic poultry - chickens, ducks or both.

In total, almost 2.59 million birds were affected; 177 died and the rest have been destroyed.

The presence of the highly pathogenic H5N8 subtype of the virus has been confirmed.

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