Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

South Korea: Avian influenza reaches Seoul

South Korea 6 May, 2008

Avian Influenza has spread to South Korea's capital Seoul despite a massive nationwide cull that saw the slaughter of six million ducks and chickens. Four dead birds raised at a Seoul district government office had tested positive fotr H5N1. The four birds were among 57 chickens, ducks and turkeys raised in pens at the district office in the eastern part of Seoul.
The bird vivarium located at the Gwangjin ward office in eastern Seoul raised 57 chickens, ducks, pheasants and turkeys. The outbreak marks the first time that the avian influenza has hit Seoul since quarantine officials received reports of wholescale bird deaths on April 1.
Authorities have sealed off Children's Grand Park located 1.2 kilometers from the vivarium and Gyeongdong market, where some live poultry transactions take place.