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South Korea culls ducks after suspected bird flu test

Published on Jan 17, 2014 2:11 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Friday started culling thousands of poultry after a preliminary test indicated the first possible outbreak of bird flu since 2011, officials said.

A suspected case of avian influenza was reported on Thursday at a poultry farm in Gochang in North Jeolla Province, some 300 km southwest of Seoul, the agricultural ministry said.

Local authorities had already began culling all of the more than 20,000 ducks on the farm, it said.

Quarantine measures were also enforced at 24 other farms in four different provinces that were known to have purchased ducks from the Gochang farm.

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