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S Korea Confirms Bird Flu in Wild Bird

by 5m Editor
8 December 2010, at 12:25am

SOUTH KOREA - The government has confirmed the finding of a wild bird with the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in the south-west of the country.

Yonhap reports the agricultural ministry saying that the state veterinary service confirms the bird flu virus was found in one of the blood samples sent from Iksan in North Jeolla Province, a main winter habitat of migratory birds.

South Korea will implement countermeasures to prevent local poultry farms from being affected by possible avian influenza viruses carried by migratory birds, the government said today.

The country's quarantine authorities have stepped up an existing bird flu prevention campaign after officials captured a wild duck on the Mangyeong River that tested positive for a virulent H5N1 strain of the influenza virus.

Authorities, however, said the discovery of the wild duck did not mean South Korea was affected by the disease since no domestic ducks or chickens have been reported infected, indicating that thorough countermeasures could prevent poultry farms from being infected by the disease.

Further Reading

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