Wednesday, May 26, 2010

S. Korea to share bird flu quarantine knowhow with ASEAN countries

SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will share its knowhow on bird flu quarantine with Southeast Asian countries as part of its effort to help contain future outbreaks of the disease, the government said Monday.

The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service said 30 quarantine experts from eight Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have been invited to the country next week.

The training program, which begins next Monday and runs through June 15, was arranged in cooperation with the Korea International Cooperation Agency -- an organization that offers free programs for developing countries.

Outbreaks of bird flu have posed a health problem for many parts of Asia with many deaths attributed to the potentially fatal disease, which can be passed from birds to humans.

In addition, the agency will also give lectures on various animal test kits and drugs manufactured in South Korea.

The local animal quarantine service, under the farm ministry, said ASEAN officials will also be briefed on Seoul's countermeasures to deal with other livestock diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease and brucella.

South Korea is currently trying to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that has caused authorities to cull around 50,000 animals.


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