Experiments have shown that the H5N8 avian influenza virus has been found and is spreading in farmed poultry in the Jeongop region of South Korea.
This is the first time in the last 2.5 years that highly pathogenic avian influenza found in the country’s farmed poultry. Until now, all outbreaks have been related to wild bird populations.
According to the assessments made by the veterinary authorities, more than nineteen thousand ducks have been raised in this farm and within a radius of three to ten kilometers of this outbreak, more than 60 poultry farms are operating.
Farms in the area will be quarantined for seven days to be inspected and monitored.
On the other hand, according to an order issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, all markets for the sale of live birds in South Korea will be closed until further notice.
Amid growing concerns about the spread of the disease, it appears that more than 292,000 chickens and more than 120,000 ducks have been culled so far in the area.
The South Korean Ministry of Environment estimates that about 950,000 wild birds entered the country in November. Accordingly, surveys have begun in the ten major migratory bird habitats in the country.
It should be noted that South Korea has raised its alert level for the disease since late October this year.