Fresh Bird Flu Outbreak Leads to Cull of 50,000 Chickens

A fresh case of bird flu has been reported at a farm in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed Sunday. This leaves Gangwon and Jeju as the only provinces still free of the virus.

Quarantine authorities in North Gyeongsang Province confirmed that the farm in Gyeongju acquired 6,700 chickens from a farm in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, where the highly pathogenic strain was detected last Tuesday.

The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency found the virus in droppings at the farm. Local quarantine authorities have started culling 500,000 chickens at this and nearby farms.

Since avian influenza broke out on Jan. 16, a total of 8.02 million poultry had been culled as of Saturday afternoon, Korea's second biggest cull due to the virus. The biggest was in 2008 with 10.01 million.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 10, 2014 12:19 KST