S.Korea raises bird flu alert to maximum from June 6 to contain virus | Reuters


SEOUL, June 5 South Korea’s agriculture ministry
said on Monday it will raise its bird flu alert level to the
maximum as a case found on Saturday was confirmed to be the
highly pathogenic strain H5N8.

The first case of avian influenza since early April was
confirmed on Saturday in a small backyard flock of farm birds on
the southern island of Jeju, rekindling bird flu fears
nationwide.


This is the second time that South Korea has raised the
country’s bird flu alert level to the maximum. It raised the
alert level to the maximum for the first time ever when an
outbreak was confirmed in November last year.

(Reporting By Jane Chung; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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