GIMPO, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- A new case of suspected bird flu has been detected at a chicken farm near Seoul, the agriculture ministry said Monday, amid a widespread outbreak of the avian influenza in the country's southwestern duck farming region.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said suspected avian influenza (AI) was reported at a farm in Gimpo, west of Seoul. The farm, which has 500 chickens, said 10 of them died the previous day.
It will take one or two days to confirm if the case is a highly pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus.
If confirmed, it would be the second virulent AI case in the Gyeonggi Province surrounding the capital city.
The government has imposed a 24-hour standstill order on poultry, equipment and livestock breeders in Gyeonggi and Incheon, ending Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Since the first outbreak of highly pathogenic AI in November, South Korea has confirmed 11 bird flu cases and culled 1.46 million ducks and chickens. Except for one confirmed case in Gyeonggi Province, all other outbreaks have been confined to Jeolla Province, a major duck farming region.
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