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Avian influenza virus detected in South Korea

Staff Writer |
The South Korean government said Friday the avian influenza (AI) virus has been detected in wild bird droppings in the central part of the country.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said a H5 strain of bird flu virus was detected in excretions of wild birds in Seosan, 151 kilometers south of Seoul, on Tuesday.

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

Quarantine authorities have disinfected the site and designated the area within a 10-kilometer radius of the virus under special monitoring, banning poultry farms from moving birds until the inspection is completed.

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