Via The Korea Times: Suspected bird flu reported in N. Gyeongsang Province. Excerpt:
A case of avian influenza was confirmed at a chicken farm near Gyeongju city, North Gyeongsang Province, over the weekend.
Prior to the latest report, the province was among the few unaffected by the contagious disease.
“We feel very despondent, because we thought we had successfully kept the region from the outbreak,” an official at the North Gyeongsang provincial government told The Korea Times.
This now leaves Gangwon Province and Jeju Island as the only places that have not yet reported bird flu cases.
Authorities are waiting for laboratory reports to determine whether the virus is highly transmissible.
According to the provincial government, the influenza was detected in 6,700 chickens brought from a farm in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province.
All the chickens have since been culled, and authorities were on site Sunday killing and burying an estimated 500,000 birds at the farm complex.