Thursday, April 03, 2008
S.Korea reports bird flu outbreak, culls poultry
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has started culling over 300,000 chickens and other poultry after confirming an outbreak of highly virulent bird flu at a farm in the southwest—its first case in 13 months, the country’s farm ministry said.
The ministry said late on Thursday the strain of bird flu at the farm in Gimje, about 215 km (135 miles) south of Seoul, was confirmed as the deadly H5N1 strain. Workers have started slaughtering birds at the farm and six other farms within 500 meters radius of the outbreak site.
On Wednesday, the farm, which raises 150,000 birds, reported the death of around 2,400 birds since last Saturday.
The ministry also banned distribution of 3.6 million animals within a 10 km radius of the outbreak site and the destruction of eggs produced, and already distributed, in the area.
bird flu story source: Reuters