The English-language Korean media seem to be having trouble deciding just which strain of avian flu they're dealing with; many are calling it H5N1. This KBS World January 18 report says it's H5N8: Ducks at Farm Suspected of Being Infected with AI to be Culled.
North Jeolla Province quarantine officials say they will cull some 65-hundred ducks at a farm in Buan as a precautionary measure after a suspected case of bird flu was reported there.
The precautionary measure comes after a duck farm in Gochang was confirmed to have been infected by the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI).
Quarantine officials also plan to cull on Saturday some 40-thousand chickens at a poultry farm near the Gochang duck farm and destroy 890-thousand duck eggs at two hatcheries located within a three kilometer radius from the infected duck farm.
The North Jeolla Province plans to boost quarantine efforts and restrict the movement of poultry around Gochang farm and Buan farm.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs held a news briefing on Friday night and confirmed that the virulent H5N8 strain of bird flu was what killed ducks at the farm in Gochang. The ministry culled all 20-thousand ducks at the farm on Friday after some birds there tested positive for AI. The last time the nation saw an outbreak of highly virulent bird flu was in May 2011.
Meanwhile, some one thousand teals were also found dead on Thursday at a reservoir about ten kilometers from the Gochang farm.
The quarantine authorities sent investigators to the site to find whether the virus that killed ducks at the Gochang farm is related to the deaths of the migratory birds.