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Japan and South Korea record more cases of highly pathogenic bird flu

Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu at a poultry farm and South Korea reported an outbreak at an egg farm 147 kilometers south of Seoul.

18 March 2021, at 7:57am

According to reporting in the Jiji Press and Korea Herald, Japan and South Korea are continuing to battle outbreaks of bird flu.

Japan’s recent outbreak in Tochigi Prefecture was detected at a chicken farm in the town of Haga. Animal health authorities will cull 77,000 chickens to curb the spread of the disease. The Prefectural government has also urged farmers within a three kilometer radius of the farm to not move their chickens or eggs. This is Tochigi Prefecture’s first outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu.

In South Korea, animal health authorities identified H5N8 bird flu at an egg farm in Chungju, 147 kilometers south of Seoul. A travel ban within a 10-kilometer radius of the farm has been imposed and authorities will cull birds and poultry at the farm and in nearby areas as a preventive measure.

Both countries have been contending with bird flu outbreaks since November 2020.

Read more about Japan’s outbreak here and see updates from South Korea here.