Huge poultry cull in South Korea

More than 235,000 poultry were due to be slaughtered at the weekend by South Korean quarantine officials after an outbreak of the H5N1 form of bird flu at a chicken farm last week.

Reports state that the outbreak occurred at a farm in Iksan, about 155 miles south of Seoul.

The country's agriculture ministry said test results confirmed the outbreak was caused by a type of H5N1 virus and all birds within a 500-metre radius would be culled to prevent the virus from spreading.

Limitations are to be implemented on the movement of about 5m chickens and ducks from 221 farms within a six-mile radius of the outbreak.

Lee Sang-gil, head of the agriculture ministry's livestock bureau, said no people had been infected.

South Korea killed 5.3m birds during the last known outbreak of bird flu in 2003.

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