Korean government orders temporary standstill to stop spread of AIUpdated: 2014-01-20 16:27:37 (KST)
The nation's agriculture ministry has confirmed a group of migratory ducks found dead in a reservoir near a poultry farm in southwestern Korea WERE infected with the H5N8 strain of the Avian Influenza.
The farm in Gochang, Jeolla-do Province, was where the first case of the bird flu was confirmed late last week.
Currently, bird flu cases have been confirmed at three poultry farms in Gochang and Buan counties.
Two of those cases have been confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain.
The other case has yet to be identified, but it is known to be one of the H5 strains.
Ministry officials say it's highly likely the migratory ducks brought the virus to Korea.
The agriculture ministry called an emergency meeting on Monday morning to discuss measures to respond to the virus should it spread nationwide.
The Korean government has already banned the movement of livestock and livestock-related facilities and people in Korea's southwestern Jeolla-do Province for 48 hours, in an attempt to contain the outbreak.
"The Korean government has ordered a temporary standstill on livestock, people working at livestock farms, and livestock facilities in Jeolla-do Province, to curb the spread of the avian influenza, according to the country's livestock infectious diseases prevention act."
The order will remain in effect until midnight Monday, but the government might extend it, according to the outcome of Monday's emergency meeting.
Quarantine authorities say about 100-thousand birds have been culled or will be culled over the next few days.
Korea destroyed more than five million birds during the most recent bird flu outbreak in 2011.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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