Avian flu alert raised in South Korea
Authorities are warning farmers to be alert for signs of disease after five outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at South Korean poultry farms within a few days. Further outbreaks are also reported on farms in Japan, while wild birds have tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong and Israel. In China, a spike in human infections linked to contact with poultry continues.
Confirmation of new HPAI cases has pushed South Korea’s total outbreaks in poultry to 26 so far this winter.
Latest outbreak to be reported by Yonhap news agency was in a flock of 25,000 meat ducks at a farm in Buan county in North Jeolla province.
In previous days, a…