South Korea Culling risen
The agriculture ministry said in a statement that 4.4 mill. farm birds had been slaughtered as of Tuesday, with another 2.6 mill. expected to be culled. That would be over 8% of the country's poultry population of nearly 85 mill. Supplies of chicken, eggs and duck meat have not tightened as of yet, an agriculture ministry official said, but chicken prices are expected to fall as consumer worries grow.
Producer prices for chickens stood at 1,690 won ($1.44) per kilogram as of Tuesday, down 4.5% from the November average of 1,770 won/kg, according to data from the Korea Broiler Council.
Cases of human infections from the H5N6 virus have previously been reported elsewhere, with the virus killing at least ten people in China since April 2014. No cases of human infections have been reported in South Korea.