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Bird flu at S. Korean quail farm

13th December 2006

South Korean health officials have confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a quail farm in the north of the country, the third in a month.

The quail farm at Kimje, 262 kilometres (162 miles) southwest of the capital, Seoul, is home to 270,000 quail.

The health ministry has quarantined the farm and are removing the quail, 3,000 of which have already died. All poultry within 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) of the farm will be slaughtered.

South Korea has already reported outbreaks of the H5N1 avian influenza virus at two chicken farms in the same area.

No human infections have been reported so far, according to the health ministry.

South Korean authorities have slaughtered more than five million poultry in a bid to contain bird flu since 2003.

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