A state of emergency has been declared on Tuesday here in Korea as avian influenza continues to spread.
According to the agriculture ministry, the flu is spreading rapidly throughout South Jeolla and Gyeonggi provinces.
As preventive measures, chicken and ducks within a three-kilometer radius of the affected farms will be put down, and the sale of these animals will be banned in traditional markets starting Thursday lasting until the 27th of January.
While the Dong-a Ilbo writes:
Six duck farms in Naju and Yeongam County, South Jeolla Province, were found Tuesday to be affected by highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza.
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With 13 farms affected by bird flu in the province, the number of birds culled surpassed 800,000 Tuesday. A quarantine official said, “We are making every effort to prevent the virus that has already affected South Jeolla Province from spreading to other regions.”
The first case of bird flu in Jeollanam-do was reported in Yeongam county on January 6th. That's still three-and-a-half times fewer birds killed than the last time bird flu hit South Korea big, in 2008. An additional casualty then was KFC's "Zinger Burger," temporarily dropped from the menu because of the high cost of chicken at the time, making me wonder if the now-discontinued 5,000 won bucket from Lotte would have lasted very long anyway.