H5N8 : New Bird Flu Outbreak in Korea; 500,000 Chickens Culled

Dammit, I like chicken too! Hopefully this is limited to Ducks…

I am hoping that my local Korean readers can find me some verification of this info. There is nothing on the CDC website and my Korean is still way to limited to find this type of info on a Korean CDC-equivilent site.

The original blog post links to the Chosun Ilbo, not exactly an authoritarian source with zero links to any official documentation.  When I see a lack of official reports, I have to question this type of info.

Found an official statement here, dated Jan 19:  http://english.mafra.go.kr/eng/list.jsp?id=28533&pageNo=1&NOW_YEAR=2014&group_id=1001&menu_id=1020&link_menu_id=1020&division=B&board_kind=G&board_skin_id=G1&parent_code=1001&link_url=&depth=1&code=&link_target_yn=&menu_introduction=&menu_name=&popup_yn=&reference=&tab_yn=N

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Influenza A virus subtype H5N8

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This family of influenza viruses belong to the Orthomyxoviruses. They all range in severity, but cause respiratory infection in the host animals.

Several subtypes of the influenza A virus exist. This virus is more commonly known as the “bird flu” in that it infects mostly avian species, although some have been found in mammals, as well. These viruses range in the level of pathogenicity. H5N8 is one of the many subtypes. One of the main reasons for concern is these viruses undergo constant change, which makes vaccine manufacturing almost impossible. By the time a vaccine is distributed, the virus may have already mutated. Although H5N8 is considered one of the lower pathenogenic subtypes, it is beginning to become more so. Many times, H5N8 is used as an incubator for the…

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Author: DragonDon

Having a love of travel has lead me to move to South Korea in 2010. Moving to an Eastern culture from a Western culture is a wild experience and there is never a dull day!

1 thought on “H5N8 : New Bird Flu Outbreak in Korea; 500,000 Chickens Culled”

  1. The last article is dated March 5th,2014. It directly relates to the Poultry research center and it refers to the necessary culling of 11,000 hens as well as 5,000 ducks. So I am assuming the chickens are as at risk as the ducks.

    Korea’s Premier Poultry Research Center Decimated

    Mi-Young Ahn
    Dennis Normile

    Korea’s Premier Poultry Research Center Decimated

    5 March 2014 11:30 am

    A new, deadly H5N8 strain of avian influenza penetrated the biosecurity defenses of a National Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) campus, prompting authorities to cull all of the facility’s 11,000 hens and 5000 ducks.

    The devastating loss could set back poultry experiments at the NIAS lab for 2 years. “It will likely to take up to 95 weeks to fully rebuild [the flocks] and resume normal research,” says Kim Sung-Il, head of the contingency team at the Rural Development Administration, which oversees NIAS. Kim adds that the institute, which studies breed improvement and animal husbandry techniques, will reconstitute its flocks from birds kept at other facilities.

    A wild goose that died of the virus was found 10 kilometers from NIAS’s Suwon campus, near Seoul, on 1 February. The entire NIAS staff went to work disinfecting and shoeing away wild birds at the three centers that keep poultry. Despite those efforts, 30 ducks were found dead on 2 March at the Cheonan campus, 85 kilometers south of Seoul. The next day, authorities confirmed the cause of death as H5N8 avian influenza. NIAS immediately initiated culling, which was completed on 4 March.

    Read More Here
    http://news.sciencemag.org/asiapacific/2014/03/koreas-premier-poultry-research-center-decimated

    …..

    Thank you for the re-blog :)

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