March 18, 2014

South Korea culls over 6 percent of poultry to curb bird flu

South Korea has culled over 6 percent of poultry in the country to curb a bird flu outbreak that has hit farms and migratory birds nationwide, government officials said on Friday. That brings the total number of farm birds slaughtered to 10.16 million, close to a record 10.2 million during an outbreak in 2008, according to data from the agriculture ministry. No human infection has been reported, but a dog tested positive for bird flu antibodies, suggesting it had been exposed to the disease without being infected, the ministry said in a statement. Asia’s fourth-largest economy has had four bird flu outbreaks in the past 10 years, without any cases of human infection reported.

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