Via JoongAng Daily: 644,000 birds culled as flu spreads to Gyeonggi. Excerpt:
With avian influenza spreading beyond North Jeolla, the government yesterday imposed a 12-hour ban on the movement of poultry farmers and their vehicles, prohibiting them from leaving their farms in the Chungcheong regions and Gyeonggi.
The measure, which was effective from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. yesterday, came amid growing fears over the spread of the deadly animal virus, which now has hit South Chungcheong, North and South Jeolla and Gyeonggi.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed yesterday that ducks at a poultry farm in Cheonan, South Chungcheong, were infected with the AI virus. Cheonan is only about 92 kilometers (57 miles) from Seoul.
The authorities are now verifying the strain of virus in the ducks in Cheonan. They assume it is H5N8, the strain that has swept the southern parts of the country since Jan. 16.
The H5N8 strain has no history of infecting humans, according to the government.
With the confirmation of the AI outbreak in Cheonan, quarantine authorities are going to cull 9,500 ducks and chickens from the infected farm and 51,700 birds at farms in a 3-kilometer radius as a preventive measure.
The confirmation of the AI infection in Cheonan came a day after chickens at a poultry farm in Buyeo County, South Chungcheong, were confirmed to have been infected, heightening government worries that the disease has spread to chickens.
The authorities yesterday dispatched military servicemen and public servants to Buyeo to conduct quarantine and sterilization efforts, culling 118,000 chickens at two farms located within a 3-kilometer radius of the infected farm.
Yonhap News has this strange photograph of Korean soldiers getting flu shots: