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1 new case of highly pathogenic bird flu reported from poultry farm

All News 19:44 January 16, 2021

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- One new case of highly pathogenic bird flu was reported from a local poultry farm Saturday, raising the total caseload to 63, the agriculture ministry said.

The case of the H5N8 strain of avian influenza was found at a farm in Hadong, 473 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

Ducks, chickens and quails within 3 kilometers from the affected farms were culled, and a seven-day standstill order was issued on all poultry farms in the affected area, the ministry added.

Since November when South Korea reported the first such case in nearly three years, the disease has been spreading quickly among poultry farms across the country.

Quarantine officials disinfect a car on a road in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province, southeastern South Korea, on Dec. 16, 2020, after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed at a nearby chicken farm. (Yonhap)

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