Third Bird Flue Case Found In South Korea

by Medindia Content Team on  December 11, 2006 at 3:46 PM Bird Flu News   - G J E 4
Third Bird Flue Case Found In South Korea
South Korea confirms H5N1 Outbreak as the Flu killed thousands of quails at a farm in Kimje. It was reported that more than 3,000 quails died over the weekend at a farm in Kimje, 262 kilometers southwest of Seoul to the frustration of quarantine officials, who have begun to cull the quails in the farm of the latest outbreak.

This recent discovery is supposed to be the third case since November 23 starting with an first outbreak of highly virulent H5N1 virus on a poultry farm in Iksan, about 230 kilometers south of Seoul. The latest outbreak occurred 18 kilometers south of the farm in Iksan. The Quarantine officials said that the outbreak occurred even after the recent slaughtering of round 764,000 poultry near the two farms in Iksan.

In an effort to prevent the rapid spread of flu virus, the government has designated an area within 500-meter radius of the farm as special Quarantine Zone and also decided for conducting surveillance within 10-kilometer radius of the farm.

However, till now no human illness has been reported owing to the virus in South Korea.

Source: Medindia

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