Bird Flu Breakout Reported at 2 Chicken Farms

luvsmiling, April 24, 2015, 8:16 a.m.

Bird flu has broken out at two chicken farms in South Korea's largest egg production area for the first time in seven months, quarantine officials said Friday.  The highly pathogenic avian influenza, type H5N8, was found in chicken samples picked up from chicken farms in Pocheon, a city northeast of Seoul in Gyeonggi Province, which produces about 10 percent of the country's total egg output, they said.

Pocheon is home to about 120 poultry farms, which hold about 1.1 million chickens for egg as well as meat production.  Around 71,000 chickens were culled from the two affected poultry farms as well as another one nearby.   Authorities banned poultry movement to and from a now 10-kilometer radius of the affected farms, increasing it from 3 km.  Several million fowls were culled in farms across the country in September when a fresh outbreak of AI was reported.

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