Seoul Grand Park Shut After Nearby Bird Flu Outbreak

The Seoul Grand Park was shut down again at noon Thursday after bird flu was detected in a dead bean goose in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province.

If the strain is confirmed as highly pathogenic, access to poultry farms in areas including southern Seoul will be blocked.

This is the closest the avian flu virus has come to Seoul since it first broke out among little grebes in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Feb. 27.

Kang Jong-pil of Seoul quarantine headquarters said, “We decided to close the Seoul Grand Park because the dead bean goose was found just 1.4 km away."

It is uncertain when it will reopen.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 14, 2014 12:33 KST