South Korea to cull more than 20,000 ducks

by Editor
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

South Korea will cull more than 20,000 ducks after reporting its first possible outbreak of bird flu since 2011, the agriculture ministry announced.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said a duck farm in Gochang, North Jeolla Province, about 300 km southwest of Seoul, was likely to have been contaminated by the H5N1 virus. Final tests are due out later.

The suspected case of the virus was reported on Thursday last week and the provincial government has taken pre-emptive measures to control the spread of any disease and ordered a cull of more than 20,000 poultry at the farm.

Poultry movement controls have also been ordered and 24 poultry farms in four provinces, that recently bought ducks from the Gochang farm, have been quarantined.

Asia's fourth-largest economy has had four outbreaks of the virus in the past 10 years, the last one in 2011 which led to the slaughter over 3 mill. poultry, but no human cases of the bird flu strain have been reported.