South Korea has culled 6.1 million poultry nationwide as part of measures to contain the spread of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu, after 18 cases of the strain have been confirmed at farms across the country.
According to the news agency, 4 million chickens and 1.2 million quails have been culled.
This is in line with the country’s law stipulating that poultry within a radius of three kilometers (1.9 miles) from farms exposed to the strain must be exterminated.
In late October, South Korea registered new cases of the H5N8 flu in wild birds for the first time since 2018. So far, 29 cases of the flu have been detected in wild birds.
Meanwhile, other outbreaks of bird flu have been confirmed in Japan, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, northern Germany and Belgium.
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