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Officials: Highly likely migratory ducks were source of latest bird flu outbreak

Updated: 2014-01-21 07:00:53 (KST)
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Let's start with the latest on the bird flu outbreak that has Korea on edge
Efforts to contain the spread of the virus continue in the nation.
With three farms in the country's southwestern Jeollado area confirmed to have been hit with the highly pathogenic H-5-N-8 strain of bird flu, officials are saying it's increasing likely migratory ducks were the source of the outbreak.
If this is the case, quarantine officials worry the virus could easily spread, or may have already spread to other parts of the country, including the metropolitan area.
Although the government's first-ever 48-hour standstill ban which prohibits people from traveling and transferring equipment and poultry products, was lifted at the start of Tuesday, officials remain on high alert expanding sterilization locations.
Since the outbreak was confirmed last Friday, around 1-hundred-20-thousand ducks have been culled.
Many more could be destroyed in the coming days.


Reporter : jlaah@arirang.co.kr

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