South Korea Reports 47 Bird Flu Outbreaks

16 March 2015, at 12:20am

SOUTH KOREA - A total of 47 outbreaks of high-path H5N8 avian flu last year led to the death or destruction of almost 545,000 domestic poultry, mostly in the west of the country.

The veterinary authority sent Follow-up Report No.7 dated 13 March to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

It covers outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza starting between February and July 2014 – seven single outbreaks and one cluster of 40 individual outbreaks.

The outbreaks affected farmed ducks, ostriches, chickens and geese in the regions of Chungcheongbuk-do, Chungcheongnam-do, Jeollanam-do, Gangwon-do and Daigu city.

In total, 544,902 birds were affected, of which 1,525 showed symptoms, 25 died and 544,877 were destroyed.

The presence of the H5N8 variant of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been confirmed.

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