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Avian Flu Strikes S Korean Ducks Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 27, 2014, 11:55 PM

The Avian flu virus has been spreading throughout duck farms in Southwestern Jeolla Province, South Korea.

The JoongAng Daily reports that, "Avian influenza (AI) was confirmed yesterday at a duck farm in Korea, local officials said, just days after the government detected another instance of the potentially deadly foot-and-mouth disease."

South Korean officials are compelled to cull duck farms in the region.

According to the JoongAng Daily, "The South Jeolla Livestock Sanitation Office said yesterday that a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu, H5N8, was discovered Friday at a duck farm in Hampyeong in the southwestern province. Upon official confirmation, approximately 42,000 ducks at the farm were immediately culled, officials said."

The slaughtering of ducks could impact upcoming South Korean holiday season in September, known as Chuseok.

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