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Avian influenza detected in Suwon, South Korea

Staff Writer |
The South Korean government said Friday an avian influenza (AI) virus has been detected in wild bird droppings at a reservoir in Gyeonggi Province.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said an H5 strain of the bird flu virus was detected in excretions of wild birds in Suwon, 46 kilometers south of Seoul.

The ministry said it will check to see if the virus is highly pathogenic within the next 3-6 days.

Quarantine authorities have disinfected the site and designated the area within a 10-kilometer radius of the droppings as a special monitoring zone.

Poultry farms will be prohibited from moving birds until all inspections have been completed.


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