South Korea to cull nearly 190,000 farm bids to contain bird flu

The Extinction Chronicles

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-birdflu-southkorea-idUSKBN18Y06M

South Korean health officials carry chickens at a poultry farm where a birdflu virus broke out in Ulsan, South Korea, June 5, 2017. Picture taken on June 5, 2017.  Yonhap via REUTERS

South Korea’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday it has ordered a cull of 186,100 farm birds to prevent the spread of bird flu after more cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu were confirmed.

The order comes after the government raised the country’s bird flu alert level to the highest level on Monday when the first bird flu case found since early April was confirmed as the H5N8 strain.

As of Wednesday, a total of five cases of highly pathogenic avian flu had been confirmed in the country’s four regions, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

The additional cull will take the total number of birds killed since the latest outbreak began in November last year to 38 million, said an agriculture ministry spokesman Lee Ju-myeung, equal to more than a fifth of Korea’s total poultry population.

However, Lee said a further mass culling was unlikely as…

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