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Posted : 2016-03-27 17:05
Updated : 2016-03-27 18:18

Control efforts underway following new bird flu case

By Kim Bo-eun

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs banned the transport of poultry and eggs from all poultry farms in Gyeonggi Province, Saturday, after a new avian influenza case was confirmed on a duck farm in Icheon.

The order will be effective through April 2.

This is the first confirmed bird flu case since last November, according to the ministry.

Following the confirmation, Icheon City culled some 11,000 ducks on the farm.

The farm reported deaths of dozens of ducklings, Wednesday, prompting a local livestock research center and the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency to investigate.

The city has also set up two disease control posts in the area and is spraying disinfectant on vehicles entering and leaving the area. An emergency monitoring system will run 24 hours daily until it is determined that there is no likelihood of the virus spreading.

The adjacent North Chungcheong Province has also set up control posts in locations that lead to Icheon. Jeju Island has banned the entry of birds, poultry meat and eggs produced in Gyeonggi Province, Seoul and Incheon.

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