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    » 05/13/2008, 00.00

    SOUTH KOREA

    Avian flu: all poultry culled in Seoul



    More than 30 outbreaks are reported across the country, forcing the authorities take drastic measures. About 6.8 million birds are destroyed but the H5N1 infection continues to spread.

    Seoul (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Seoul's entire poultry stock has been culled to stop the spread of bird flu following a fresh outbreak of the disease in the capital. City officials yesterday confirmed the destruction of 15,000 chickens, ducks, pheasants and turkeys raised in farms, restaurants, schools and homes in the city. The slaughter did not affect parrots, parakeets and canaries because they have little chance of spreading the disease.

    The slaughter began Sunday night, hours after authorities recorded Seoul's second outbreak of the H5N1 virus in less than a week.

    Tests also confirmed that two additional outbreaks in the past few weeks elsewhere in the country, in Busan (South Korea’s second largest city) and Ansung, bringing to 31 the total number of outbreaks in South Korea.

    Bird flu began sweeping southern parts of the country last month for the first time in more than a year, forcing the slaughter of about 6.8 million birds.

    At least 240 people have died from the bird flu since 2003, mostly in South-East Asia.

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    12/12/2006 SOUTH KOREA
    New outbreak of bird flu in South Korea
    This is the third outbreak in a month. All outbreaks occurred in areas close to each other in a region of intensive poultry breeding. More than one million birds have been culled in a bid to stop the outbreaks.

    08/04/2008 CHINA
    Bird Flu, China confirms human to human transmission
    The case dates back to December: father and son both contracted the H5N1 virus. The young man did not survive. It is nit the first case, but the widely feared mutation of the virus has been excluded.

    18/12/2008 ASIA
    Bird flu hits Asia again, from China and India to Egypt
    Outbreaks are recorded and poultry culled in India, China, Cambodia, and Hong Kong. People are ill in Indonesia and Cambodia. A 16-year girl dies in Egypt. The World Health Organisation urges countries not to let down their guard for a pandemic is still a real possibility.

    27/11/2006 SOUTH KOREA
    Bird flu: 100,000 birds culled

    The authorities are seeking to contain a possible epidemic after the H5N1 virus was discovered in a breeding farm in the south-west: 236,000 birds will be slaughtered by Thursday. This is the first emergence of bird flu in the country in three years.



    17/02/2005 VIETNAM
    Ho Chi Minh City to slaughter all poultry because of bird flu
    Poultry farming will be allowed outside the city and under tight controls. British experts say disease underestimated: it affects more than the lungs.



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