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Highly Pathogenic AI Breaks Out in Capital Area

17:50 January 05, 2018 replay time01:58

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Chicken farms in Pocheon of Gyeonggi Province, which are the largest chicken farms in South Korea, have been confirmed as being infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI).

AI from duck farms in the Honam region spread to the chicken farms in Gyeonggi Province.

This is a huge emergency as the disease has traveled close to Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics will be held, and may cause egg prices to rise.

Seo Hyeong-seok has more.

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AI has spread to chicken farms.

The highly pathogenic AI virus was detected at chicken farms in Pocheon, which are the biggest chicken farms in Korea.

AI, which was previously spreading among duck farms in the Honam region, has reached the capital area, and the country's epidemic prevention authorities are on red alert.

<Kim Yeong-rok / Minster of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs> “We have taken immediate epidemic preventive measures to prevent the further spread (of AI) into the capital area and to areas where the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held.”

Epidemic prevention authorities stamped out 700,000 chickens and ducks in 18 farms within a three kilometer radius as a precaution and plan to trace and recover 380,000 eggs that were shipped out during the disease's incubation period.

In addition, the entire region of Gyeonggi Province, as well as Cheorwon of Gangwon Province, was ordered to stop all transactions at chicken and duck farms and undergo a disinfection process.

Reinforced epidemic prevention measures were also announced.

Epidemic prevention authorities will perform simple AI kit examinations once a week at chicken farms and restrict access to the farms by egg transportation vehicles.

Shipping of eggs will be permitted twice a week at designated transfer stations near the farms to prevent a situation where livestock workers entering and leaving the farms spread the virus.

Access control checkpoints will be set up at breeding complexes where the chicken farms are concentrated, and restrictions on vehicle access and epidemic prevention have been reinforced.

Epidemic prevention authorities urged cooperation from livestock workers as well as from workers for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which are only about a month away.

Seo Hyeong-seok reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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