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S. Korea confirms new bird flu case

2015/10/26 18:41

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea confirmed a new case of bird flu on Monday, bringing the total to nine since the middle of September.

The Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said ducks at a poultry farm in Naju, 355 kilometers south of Seoul, tested positive for the virulent strain of avian influenza (AI).

All 15,600 ducks were culled as of Sunday as a precautionary measure, after some birds showed signs of being sick before they were to be shipped out last week, it said.

The ministry said the farm has been under quarantine to prevent the virulent virus from spreading.

"As of today, 112,031 birds have been culled," a government official said.

The latest outbreak is viewed as a continuation of the outbreak that hit the country from Sept. 24, 2014, through to June 10 of this year.

After two duck farms in South Jeolla Province first tested positive for AI on Sept. 18, two traditional markets, a bird holding facility and an eatery that serves poultry were all found to have been contaminated with the AI virus. Birds at two other duck farms were infected with AI and had to be culled.

For now, the farm ministry said all confirmed outbreaks have been contained in the southwestern part of the country.

yonngong@yna.co.kr

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