(it has been said that kimchi is the reason that SARS didn't come to Korea)
South Korea Raises Alarm Over Bird Flu
[All Headline News]
The South Korean government on Tuesday initiated emergency measures by releasing funds to help areas afflicted with the deadly bird flu virus.
The release of an additional $530,500 by the South Korean Home Affairs Ministry was aimed at preventing the resurgence of the bird flu virus after several provinces have reported a return of the avian flu.
In a statement, the ministry said the money would be spent to buy disinfectants and other quarantine-related equipment to be used in eradicating the spread of the virus.
An estimated 100,000 poultry have been culled by quarantine officials since the latest H5N1 outbreak was reported last Saturday, which was the fifth of its kind since November of last year, in a chicken farm in Cheonan, about 74 miles south of
Seoul. Another 565,000 poultry in the area were scheduled for killing, quarantine officers said.
South Korea's agriculture ministry said the culling is necessary because an outbreak of the virulent H5N1 form of bird flu was discovered at a chicken farm last week.
South Korea killed over five million birds during 2003, the last known outbreak. The H5N1 virus has killed at least 153 people worldwide.