Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sick birds in South Korea

Posted by Marisa Dowling

South Korean birds have shown signs of a flu outbreak officials confirmed on Friday, prompting the slaughter of 17,000 ducks. Fortunately, the flu found in the birds is H7 (not H5N1), which has never been shown to infect humans.

Earlier H5N1 outbreaks among birds in South Korea in Nov. 2006 to March 2007 lead to the slaughter of 2.8 million birds in that country.

Since 2003 across the world, hundred of millions of birds have been slaughtered and 206 people have died due to H5N1.

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