Via Yonhap News, a January 20 report: S. Korea confirms bird flu in migratory birds. Excerpt:
South Korea on Monday confirmed the presence of avian influenza (AI) in a group of migratory birds found dead last week, suggesting a possible cause for the recent infection of poultry at farms and raising concern that the infection may spread further.
Tests were conducted after some 100 migratory birds were found dead at a reservoir in North Jeolla Province in the country's southwest over the weekend, following an outbreak of AI at several duck farms. Three bird flu cases, including two confirmed cases, have been reported at poultry farms in Gochang and Buan, all in the vicinity of the reservoir.
"Though we have yet to have a definite diagnosis, it (the virus) is highly expected to be of a highly pathogenic strain, which might explain the source of AI virus that affected the duck farms in Gochang and Buan," the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a press release.
The virus found in the migratory birds has been confirmed to be the H5N8 strain, the same type that affected the birds at the duck farms located some 300 kilometers south of Seoul.
Whether the virus found in the migratory birds is highly pathogenic will be determined later in the day.
The government is strengthening its monitoring of migratory birds and increasing the number of tests on migratory birds to about 17,000 by the end of next month from around 10,000 planned earlier, according to a ministry official.