March 19, 2018 11:32
New cases of bird flu have been confirmed in three parts of the country, putting health and quarantine authorities on alert again.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said on Sunday that the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus was detected in chicken farms in Pyeongtaek and Yangju, Gyeonggi Province and Asan, South Chungcheong Province.
Bird flu appeared to have subsided, with the last outbreak reported on a chicken farm in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province on Feb. 8. The government only lifted its nationwide quarantine alert early this month.
A fresh alert has been issued in southern Gyeonggi Province, which has 1,456 poultry farms.
The provincial government is culling 800,000 chickens at 56 farms within 3 km of the farms in Pyeongtaek and Yangju where bird flu was found. A travel ban has also been imposed on 229 poultry farms within a 10-km radius.
"Because wild migratory birds move northwards until April, this is a critical time. We will do our utmost to prevent the spread of AI," a Gyeonggi government official said.
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