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N. Korea says bird flu spreading following additional outbreak: report

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has informed the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that bird flu is spreading in the country following an additional outbreak of the disease, a U.S. radio report said Thursday. The North told the OIE on Wednesday that the H5N1 bird flu broke out at a chicken farm in the capital city of Pyongyang on March 27, though it did not elaborate on how many chickens died from the disease, the Washington-based Voice of America (VOA) reported.

Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday. Workers on Sunday started culling 56,000 chickens kept at a poultry farm in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, where DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus after owners reported sudden deaths in the flock on Saturday, a Kumamoto prefectural government official said.

Abe kept playing golf after bird flu virus detected

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued playing golf Sunday even after a highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected at a Japanese farm, but the government's spokesman defended him Monday, denying any problem in his crisis management. "There was only a low level of infection risk. We made a comprehensive judgment. (Abe) did not need to stop playing golf," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Japan confirms first bird flu case since 2011

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country's first case of bird flu in three years, the Agricultural Ministry said on Sunday. The highly pathogenic H5 virus was detected through genetic testing of chickens at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture in the south, the ministry said on its Website. A total of 1,100 chickens have died and about 112,000 would be culled, media said.

Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south

Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture that kept 56,000 birds, after its owner reported Saturday a lot of sudden deaths among his poultry, the agriculture ministry said in a statement. Officials also ordered the culling of another 56,000 birds at a separate farm run by the same owner after treating it as a location of possible infections, the ministry said.

Bird flu virus detected in Kumamoto, 112,000 chickens to be culled

Two chickens tested positive Sunday for a highly pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Kumamoto Prefecture where 1,100 chickens have died, setting off the culling through Monday of some 112,000 birds, the local and central governments said. The H5 virus was detected in the two birds during genetic testing of six chickens that tested positive in a simple test for bird flu, the prefectural government said.

China 2014 bird flu toll rises to nearly 100

Almost 100 people in China died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in the first three months of the year, but the number of both fatalities and infections declined in March, government figures showed. A total of 24 people died from the disease in March, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in monthly figures for infectious disease, down from 41 in February and 31 in January. The total number of deaths for the period is 96.

N. Korea hit by extensive outbreak of bird flu

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has experienced an outbreak of bird flu since last month, culling tens of thousands of poultry so far, its news agency said Wednesday. A chicken farm in the capital city of Pyongyang first reported symptoms of avian influenza (AI), known as the H5N1 virus, on March 21, and the virus has been spreading to other poultry farms, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, citing Director Ri Kyung-kun of its agricultural ministry.

S. Korea reports additional infection of bird flu in dogs

SEJONG, March 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported additional cases of avian influenza (AI) in dogs Monday, further confirming the spread of the bird flu to different species. The cases also marked the first time in the world in which infected dogs survived, according to officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The ministry said antibodies to AI have been detected in 11 dogs at two separate farms in Cheonan, 80 kilometers south of Seoul, and Buyeo, located 195 kilometers south of the capital.

Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu

A two-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, becoming the country's fourth confirmed fatality -- all children -- from the deadly virus this year, health authorities said Monday. The girl from the southern province of Kampot died on Friday a day after she was admitted to hospital, the health ministry said in a joint statement with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Tests confirmed she had contracted the H5N1 virus, it said, adding the girl had direct contact with dead chickens in a village where most of the poultry had perished over the last few weeks.
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