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New bird flu case detected at duck farm in central S. Korea

2018/03/14 14:14

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SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has detected a new bird flu case at a duck farm in its central province, prompting quarantine officials to cull about 10,000 poultry in the affected region, the agriculture ministry said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it detected an H5 avian influenza outbreak at the farm in Eumseong in North Chungcheong Province, 131 kilometers south of Seoul, during an inspection conducted before sales of its ducks. The latest AI case is the first to be reported in 41 days.

The provincial government imposed a standstill order for 24 hours in areas within 10 kilometers of the site to help contain further spread of the disease.

Quarantine officials will also slaughter about 20,000 quails being raised at a farm located within 3 km of the site as part of preventive measures, the ministry said.

An inspection is currently underway to figure out whether the case contains the highly pathogenic strain of bird flu. The process is expected to take a couple of days, officials noted.

Quarantine officials ban civilian entry to a duck farm in Eumseong in North Chungcheong Province on March 14, 2018, after it was infected with avian influenza. (Yonhap) Quarantine officials ban civilian entry to a duck farm in Eumseong in North Chungcheong Province on March 14, 2018, after it was infected with avian influenza. (Yonhap)

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