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Suspected pathogenic bird flu case reported in S. Korea

/ 07:24 PM October 27, 2019

Yonhap Photo via The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

SEOUL — A suspected virulent avian influenza case has been reported in the southern city of Gimcheon, authorities said Saturday, amid South Korea’s efforts to contain the spread of African swine fever.

A case of AI H5 virus was confirmed in wild bird feces that were sampled Wednesday, according to the officials in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province, 230 kilometers south of Seoul.

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The authorities said it will take about five days to confirm whether the virus is highly pathogenic.

Officials said they have been reinforcing quarantine and inspection efforts within a 10-kilometer radius of the region where the virus sample was discovered.

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Last Sunday, South Korea reported a suspected virulent AI case in Asan, South Chungcheong Province, but it was later confirmed as a low-pathogenic bird flu virus. (Yonhap)

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