Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

South Korea: Suspected case of LPAI (H5N2)

22 December, 2004 A suspected case of the low pathogenic avian influenza virus has been found at a duck farm in Gwangju (some 330 kilometers south to Seoul).
The ministry said that it has destroyed and buried the ducks (About 9,000 ducks) in the farm in question and have set up tougher quarantine inspections in Gwangju.
The quarantine authorities found the H5N2 strain of avian influenza on Dec. 1 when they inspected the farm in the South Korean city, according to Kim Chang-seob, the director of the ministry's animal health division. It appears to be the first case of the H5N2 virus in South Korea.
The chief veterinary officer said that a quarantine area has been set up around the infected farm to prevent possible spread and inspectors are checking nearby duck farms for possible contamination.