STATES CHRONICLE – The ministry of agriculture of South Korea rose awareness among residents through a bird flu alert. On December 15, this bird flu alert has reached its highest levels, being spread nationwide. The great alarm status occurred because the country copes with a terrible outbreak of the pathogenic H5N6 virus which appeared about a month ago.
Since the bird flu was announced, South Korea decided to euthanize approximately 12% of the amount of poultry which was assumed to contain the virus. About 14.5 million ducks and chickens were culled since November 16. On December 15, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs declared in a statement that it would become responsible for taking measures in combating this terrible disease that spread so quickly all over the country.
After consulting with other related ministries, The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs imposed the highest alert status to assure the population that authorities are doing their best to annihilate the virus. They have also boosted the proper quarantine measures to overcome the spread of the bird flu.
What is more, the agriculture ministry had also issued a temporary nationwide ban because numerous farms have declared outbreaks. Based on the statement of the ministry, since the first outbreak in mid-November, there were 53 cases of bird flu which got confirmed, while 21 cases are being tested.
Many European countries together with Japan have also declared avian influenza epidemics which caused the infection of massive numbers of poultry. Last week in France, the bird flu alert risks reached the highest level because there were reported 12 outbreaks of bird flu.
This dangerous virus known as H5N6 was reported to infect humans too. Recently, there were complaints concerning human infections. In China, avian influenza caused the death of ten people, whereas in South Korea there were no human infections recorded so far.
All countries which were affected used combat measures to annihilate the virus. The London Zoo had closed its enclosures for birds. What is more, on December 13, Japan’s Higashiyama Zoo Botanical Gardens located in Nagoya stated that three black swans were affected and killed by avian influenza this month.
Because of these outbreaks, thousands of birds were killed to avoid the spread of the virus. These drastic measures taken in several farms in the South West were followed by the suspension of a surveillance plan which was proposed last year.
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