Sunday, June 04, 2017

South Korea: More Bird Flu Is Detected


Yesterday, in South Korea Raises Alert Over New Detection Of Avian H5, we learned of the first outbreak of HPAI in South Korea since April, in a small flock on Jeju Island. 
Today, their Ministry of Agriculture (MAFRA) is investigating another outbreak in Busan, and reports that infected birds from both Busan and Jeju City were recently purchased from a breeding farm in Gunsan, and that that farm may have shipped to other areas as well. 

First this (translated) report from MAFRA, followed by a Yonhap News report.

AI Crisis Alert Upgraded to 'Border', National Traditional Market and Garden-type Restaurant Live Poultry Prohibition 

Registration Date 2017-06-03 21:55:00

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock (hereinafter referred to as "the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries") held a livestock pest control panel (poultry subcommittee) on June 3 in connection with the results of the mid- He said.
The results of the major deliberations were as follows.

- From 00:00 on June 4th, raise the AI ​​Crisis Alarm Level from "Attention" to "Border *"

* Boundary stage When the crisis alert is issued, operation of the control station on the main roads of the AIDS prevention and control headquarters and the commissioning and occurrence tries to the national roads (municipal government), and measures such as restraining the gathering of national farmhouses

- No chicken poultry trading in the traditional market and garden restaurants from 00:00 on Monday, June 5

The members of the deliberation councils said that the suspicion of AI occurred almost simultaneously in Jeju city and Jeonbuk Gunsan city,

This AI suspicion was circulated through live poultry traders and could be spread to farmers or trading traders who sell to traditional markets.

Although the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has not yet confirmed whether the disease is highly pathogenic, it has been actively promoting cooperation with the livestock industry.

This English Language report from Yonhap news.

Highly pathogenic avian flu confirmed in Busan

2017/06/04 16:14
SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's agricultural ministry said Sunday it has confirmed a case of a highly pathogenic avian flu in the southern port city of Busan.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it reached the conclusion after conducting detailed tests on a poultry farm with 6,000 birds.

The farm had purchased 650 Korean Ogol Chickens last month from Gunsan in the country's southwestern region. Some of the birds died off suddenly, which caused quarantine officials to check the farm.

The ministry is set to conduct a more comprehensive probe while culling all birds at the infected farm as well as restricting movement in the area to contain further outbreaks.

Although the MAFRA statement and Yonhap news do not identify the subtype, Reuters is reporting (see South Korea raises bird flu alert after confirming first case since April) it as H5N8.

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