SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Monday confirmed a bird flu outbreak at a Pyongyang duck farm and said it has killed as many as 160,000 ducks to contain the virus.
Authorities who conducted examinations on May 7 found that ducks in the Tudan Duck Farm were infected with the H5N1 virus, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. "They briefed UN bodies concerned on this situation while taking steps to kill as many as 160,000 ducks in the farm and quarantine and disinfect it," the news agency said.
Veterinary epidemic control teams are monitoring poultry and movements of wild birds, and efforts are being made to raise the diagnosis capability and to increase preventive medicines, the KCNA report said.
The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health had notified South Korea on Tuesday of the bird flu cases in the North, but North Korea did not confirm the outbreak at the time.
The report said the State Emergency Anti-epidemic Committee was taking due measures, including checkups of humans in infected areas, testing and quarantine of poultry and restricting the movement of living fowls.
"A strict step was taken to hedge fowl, duck, pigeon and other domestic poultry off from the outer world," it said.
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