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Low-Path Bird Flu Found in South Korea

by 5m Editor
19 October 2010, at 12:16a.m.

SOUTH KOREA - Low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) has been found at a farm in the west of the country during routine surveillance.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 17 October to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes the reoccurrence of LPAI, last seen in the country in late June this year.

Sub-clinical infection was found on 5 October at a farm at Changso-ri in Chungcheongnam-do in the west of the country. All 3,274 birds in a mixed flock of ducks, chickens and turkeys have been destroyed.

The H7N7 sub-type of the virus has been confirmed.

The report adds that, as part of the continuous avian influenza surveillance programme, Chungcheongnam-do Veterinary Research Institute tested the samples (faeces and laryngo-pharyngeal swabs) collected from ducks in the farm located in Changso-ri, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do on 5 October. Haemagglutination test results were positive on 15 October. The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) found avian influenza antigen (H7N7) by PCR on 15 October and confirmed it as low pathogenic avian influenza virus (H7N7) by gene sequencing on 16 October.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.