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February 13, 2007

Korea: More B2B H5N1 in Gyeonggi province

Via Digital Chosun Ilbo: More bird flu found in Gyeonggi Province. Excerpt:

A new case of the deadly avian influenza was detected in Ansong, Gyeonggi Province on Saturday, the sixth case of bird flu detected in Korea since Nov. 2006. The last outbreak was in Chonan, South Chungcheong Province on Jan. 20. This is the third case of bird flu found in Gyeonggi Province, following outbreaks in Icheon in Dec. 2003 and Yangju in March 2004.

According to the Gyeonggi provincial government, the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service investigated a mass death of chickens that began last Tuesday at a poultry farm owned by a man identified only by his surname Park. The researchers confirmed that the chickens died from avian influenza.

The local authority decided to slaughter 316,000 animals including chickens, ducks and other poultry from 31 farms within a 3-km radius of the outbreak site and 7,000 pigs and other animals from five farms within a 500-meter radius. All 133,000 chickens from Park’s Ansong poultry farm and a further 137,000 chickens at another farm owned by Park in Icheon will be destroyed as well.

The transport of chickens and eggs from 14 farms within a 3- to 10-km radius of the outbreak has been regulated, and 30,000 eggs that were sent to Seoul for sale last Friday from Park's poultry farm are to be destroyed.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2007 09:23 PM

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