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S. Korea Confirms Another Case of Highly Pathogenic AI at Poultry Farm

Write: 2020-12-02 16:41:20Update: 2020-12-02 16:49:19

S. Korea Confirms Another Case of Highly Pathogenic AI at Poultry Farm

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South Korea has confirmed another case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza(AI) at a poultry farm in the country's southeast, sparking concerns over the possible nationwide transmission of the disease.

According to the Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday, a suspected case at an egg farm in Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province, tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu.

Authorities have culled 188-thousand chickens at the farm, and 180-thousand quails at another farm owned by the same person. In addition, 251-thousand chickens within a three-kilometer radius from the infected farm will be slaughtered as a preventive step.

Tests will be conducted on all farms within a ten-kilometer radius and a 30-day movement ban will be issued.

The country confirmed the year's first case of the highly pathogenic AI at a farm on Saturday, at a duck farm in Jeongeup, North Jeolla Province.

Authorities are investigating whether the two cases are related.

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