Two More H5N6 Bird Flu Outbreaks in Gyeonggi, South Jeolla Provinces

SOUTH KOREA - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported two further outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in farms located in the provinces of Gyeonggi and South Jeolla.
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The OIE received follow-up report no. 7 on Friday, 5 January, after real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) tests were carried out at the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency on 4 and 5 January. The results for both tests were found positive.

According to the report, the affected population consists of egg layers in Gyeonggi Province and parent ducks in South Jeolla Province.

A total of 197,000 layers showed signs of susceptibility, out of which 26 cases and deaths were reported. The remaining 196,974 were killed and disposed of.

In South Jeolla Province, 21,700 parent ducks were found susceptible, out of which 40 cases and deaths were discovered. The veterinary authorities killed and disposed of the remaining 21,600 birds.

Although an epidemiological investigation is ongoing, the source of the outbreak still remains unknown.

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