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South Korea culls more than 25 million birds to contain bird flu outbreak

Staff Writer |
South Korean authorities announced they had culled 22.5 million birds so far this winter and plan to put down another three million in the coming days to contain the spread of bird flu.

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The measure is intended to check the outbreak of the H5N6 virus that was detected on November 16 in the droppings of migratory birds in Haenam in the south of the country, and which has now spread to other parts of the country.

The number of poultry culled so far is equal to around 15 percent of the country’s total, according to Lee Yon-jin of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Yonhap agency reported.

The largest bird flu outbreak in recent years in the country occurred in 2014 and led to the culling of 14 million birds, resulting in significant losses for the sector.

Towards the end of 2015, South Korea had 155 million chickens and 8.7 million ducks.

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