S. Korea reports suspected case of bird flu

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SEOUL. December 30. KAZINFORM A suspected case of bird flu has been reported from a chicken farm in a southeastern region of the country, raising concerns over a fresh outbreak of bird flu amid South Korea's struggle with the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Thursday. Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

The ministry said a chicken farm in Iksan, North Jeolla Province, reported a suspected case of bird flu late Wednesday. Another suspected case was reported from a duck farm in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province.

Health officials are testing samples from both farms, the ministry said.

In August 2008, South Korea declared itself free of bird flu after the country suffered its worst outbreak of the disease with nearly 8.5 million birds culled.

Three confirmed cases of bird flu from wild migratory birds have been reported this year. Kazinform cites Xinhua. See www.xinhuanet.com

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