It's been an extraordinarily slow news weekend on the bird flu front, with the only new story I've seen on the news wires this morning being this update, from the Vietnam News Agency, on the culling in Korea.
04/05/2008 -- 7:35 PM
Hanoi (VNA) – Republic of Korea (RoK) health authorities on May 4 culled tens of thousands of chickens at a farm after quarantine officials said they suspected a spate of recent bird deaths were caused by another case of avian influenza.
About 57,000 chickens were killed at the farm, located about 50 kilometres away from another poultry farm in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi province, where an outbreak of the H5NI strain of the bird flu virus was confirmed in early April.
The provincial government is also taking measures to arrange for the owners of several farms within 500 metres in radius to kill 18,000 ducks, Yonhap news agency reported.
The RoK banned in April the sale of all poultry sold at traditional markets. The measures were taken after experts said the recent outbreaks in the southeastern Gyeongsang region were caused by people buying birds from such markets, which have largely escaped government oversight owing to their relatively small size.-Enditem