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Highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in Jeju

All News 17:16 June 05, 2017

SEJONG, June 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's agricultural ministry said Monday it has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic avian flu on the country's southern resort island of Jeju.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said tests showed the virus that hit a poultry farm with seven chickens was confirmed to be the H5N8 subtype.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza refers to viruses that cause severe disease in birds and result in high death rates, according to the World Health Organization.

The farm reported to the authorities after five Korean Ogol Chickens it purchased from a traditional market in Gunsan in the country's southwestern region last month all died. Three other chickens it originally had also died.

Up till Sunday, poultry from Gunsan was sold to Busan, Jeju, Paju and Yangsan.

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