BY | January 30, 2014

 
Worries are visible in South Korea as bird flu has been found to be spreading there. Already medical officials have confirmed one case of bird flu in a farm near Central South Korea. But so far the disease hasn’t taken any life here and doctors are confident that the disease is not going to spread to other areas and that they have expertise to contain the flow of the disease any further.

Health officials in South Korea said that the case of bird flu was detected in a chicken farm in South Korea’s central Gyeonggi Province surrounding Seoul, Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday. The South Korean Agriculture Ministry said that tests showed a chicken breeding farm in the province came up positive for the H5 strain of avian influenza that is sweeping parts of the country, according to the report. The Gyeonggi region that surrounds the capital city of Seoul is home to the largest number of chicken farms in the country.

THough the officials are worried, but they are confident that they are able to take care of the issue. “At present we are trying to determine if the latest case is a virulent avian influenza strain,” a ministry source was quoted as saying. He said that all poultry within a three-kilometer radius of the affected farm have been culled as a preventative measure. Past cases have been restricted in the country’s southwestern region. This is the first time that a bird flu case has been detected so far north.

The ministry said the farm affected by the outbreak is located some 15 kilometers southwest of a lake, a key stopping area for migratory birds. The government suspects migratory birds have spread the latest outbreak. More than 1.5 million birds have been culled since the first outbreak of the H5N8 bird flu was reported Jan. 16 at a duck farm in Gochang City, 300 kilometers southwest of Seoul, Yonhap reported on Tuesday.

Ministry officials said the H5N8, unlike other strains of bird flu, posed little immediate threat to humans, noting no human infection of the strain has been reported

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