According to a story in Yonhap News, South Korea will issue an avian-flu alert in mid-October as migrating birds enter the country. Emphasis will be on protecting chicken and duck farms.
In addition, avian sanctuaries used by migratory birds and areas near the demilitarized zone will be closely monitored to facilitate the early detection of any outbreak and allow a rapid response with effective quarantine measures.
From December 2003 to March 2004, 19 poultry farms in 10 regions have reported cases of bird flu, causing the government to order the destruction and burial of 5.3 million birds.
The mention of the DMZ is noteworthy. I understand that the belt between the two Koreas has become a de facto wildlife refuge over the past 50 years. But how do you deal with a sick migrating bird when you might step on a land mine, or be shot, while trying to retrieve it?
The country's response to avian flu in 2003-04 seems to have been much more decisive than Indonesia's today.