Thursday, April 24, 2008

2 New Suspected Cases of Bird Flu Reported in South Korea

"Two more suspected cases of bird flu have been reported in the southwestern region of South Korea amid intensifying efforts to prevent further spread of the deadly disease, government officials said Tuesday. The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it is checking cases reported at two chicken farms in Iksan, North Jeolla Province, to determine whether the recent deaths of poultry there were caused by avian influenza. The two farms, which reported the deaths of 2,500 and 450 chickens, respectively, are located around 25 kilometers from an area where a bird flu outbreak was confirmed last Thursday, the ministry said. Samples tested positive in preliminary tests but the ministry said further investigation is required.The latest cases in Iksan brought the number of suspected avian influenza outbreaks to 49 as of Tuesday morning. Of them, 26 have been confirmed to be related to a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, according to authorities."

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