South Korea tem­po­rar­ily bans trans­port of poul­try to fight bird flu

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

South Korea’s agriculture min­istry said yes­ter­day that it will is­sue a tem­po­rary na­tion­wide ban on the trans­porta­tion of poul­try to con­tain the spread of bird flu, with 43 out­breaks recorded in Asia’s fourth­largest econ­omy.

The Min­istry of Agriculture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs said in a state­ment that the move­ment con­trol or­der will be ef­fec­tive for 48 hours, from 1500 GMT on Mon­day or mid­night in Seoul. Since the first out­break of a se­vere strain of bird flu known as H5N6 was re­ported on Nov 18., South Korea has ramped up quar­an­tine mea­sures to stop a wider spread of the virus, in­clud­ing is­su­ing a 48-hour na­tion­wide stand­still or­der three weeks ago.

A to­tal of 43 bird flu out­breaks had been con­firmed as of Dec 11, with an­other nine pos­si­ble cases be­ing tested, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry state­ment. To pre­vent the spread of bird flu, the min­istry said at least 8.8 mil­lion farm birds were culled and plans to slaugh­ter 1.5 mil­lion more. That would be over 10 per­cent of the coun­try’s poul­try pop­u­la­tion of nearly 85 mil­lion.

Al­though cases of hu­man in­fec­tions from the H5N6 virus have pre­vi­ously been re­ported else­where in­clud­ing China, no cases of hu­man in­fec­tion have been found in South Korea. —Reuters

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