South Korea confirms AI infection in migratory birds
On January 20 the South Korean government confirmed the presence of the avian influenza virus in migratory birds found dead, indicating that such birds may have caused two outbreaks reported in the country.
On the affected farms in the province of North Jeolla three cases have been recorded in recent days, two of them confirmed, of H5N8, similar to the better-known H5N1, a highly-pathogenic variation.
After confirming the presence of disease, the South Korean authorities have slaughtered about 150,000 chickens and ducks and estimate they will destroy another 50,000.
In the coming days, the South Korean government will decide whether to adopt new preventive actions.
The AI outbreak recorded in late 2011 led to the culling of more than 3 million birds in South Korea.