» 05/13/2008, 00.00
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
20/01/2017 CHINA - UNITED STATES
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.