Monday, May 05, 2008
North Korea inoculates poultry against bird flu following outbreak in South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea said Monday it has inoculated poultry against bird flu to prevent the spread of the virus from neighboring South Korea.
The North’s Korean Central News Agency quoted quarantine official Ri Kyong Gun as saying all poultry in provinces near the border with the South have received emergency vaccinations, citing a bird flu outbreak in southern South Korea.
South Korea has slaughtered about 6.5 million chickens, ducks and other poultry since early last month when bird flu broke out there for the first time in more than a year.
Ri was quoted as saying the North has also set up 1,600 observation posts along the east and west coasts to monitor the movement of migratory birds — which he said are a key way the virus spreads.
The North has intensified its quarantine efforts on poultry farms and ordered farmers to keep their poultry in pens to stop them from coming into contact with migratory birds, it said.
Bird flu article source: IHT