Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

South Korea reports ninth confirmed avian influenza outbreak

South Korea 10 April, 2008 South Korea confirmed its ninth avian influenza outbreak this month despite the culling of hundreds of thousands of poultry and intensive quarantine efforts. The agriculture ministry said in a statement the country had another 13 suspected cases in which test results were awaited.
Ministry officials said all nine confirmed cases involved H5 avian influenza and two of them involved the H5N1 strain.
Health authorities have culled hundreds of thousands of birds in and around infected poultry farms in the southern Jeolla provinces, a hub of the country's livestock industry.
The ninth confirmed case was at a chicken farm in Gimje, 260km south of Seoul.