S Korea orders poultry, pig cull23rd January 2007
South Korean health officials have ordered the slaughter of more than 660,000 poultry and pigs following the spread of avian influenza to a fifth farm outside the capital Seoul.
The new infections were still within the 10 kilometre quarantine zone around the initial outbreak in the northern city of Cheonan, 50 miles (80 kilometres) to the south of Seoul.
The health ministry says the virus was brought in by wild geese.
Since ravaging Asia's poultry in late 2003, the H5N1 virus has killed more than 150 people worldwide.
Infections among people have been traced to contact with infected birds, but experts fear the virus could mutate into a form that could create a human pandemic.
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Title: S Korea orders poultry, pig cull
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1803
Date Added: 23rd Jan 2007