Record cull of poul­try or­dered

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

South Korea has or­dered its big­gest cull of chick­ens and other poul­try to fight a bird flu out­break that is spread­ing at an un­prece­dented rate, the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry said on Fri­day. The min­istry or­dered the cull of 4 mil­lion more birds, which would bring the to­tal num­ber killed since mid-Novem­ber to 16 mil­lion, al­most one-fifth of its poul­try pop­u­la­tion. South Korea raised its bird flu alert sta­tus to the high­est level for the first time on Thurs­day be­cause of the rapid spread of the H5N6 virus.

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